As well as loo rolls disappearing of the shelves, there’s been another empty isle in the supermarkets too….booze! Hardly surprising really, I mean we all need some joy out of life over the next few months, don’t we? And a little tipple is bound to take the edge off a long day of attempting to work from home whilst having a shot at home schooling!
But the question is, how long can we afford to bury our boredom in a bottle of vino? Now, don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you that you should avoid alcohol completely – I’m no hypocrite! What we’re going through right now is so far from the norm its overwhelming and our lives have all drastically changed overnight. So, to try and cling on to some kind of normality; ie a social life aka ‘House Party app’ and a couple of drinks at the end of a long hard week, in my opinion is absolutely healthy and what we should be doing.
But, if you’re drinking way more than you would normally on a regular basis, (and feeling worse for it the next day) then perhaps it’s time to rethink things, so that we don’t end up creating new unhealthy habits during lock our down period. Let’s not forget that alcohol is in fact a depressant, and that’s the last thing anyone needs right now. Staying positive and upbeat and doing things that make us feel naturally good and healthy is by far the better habit to adopt if we can!
So, how can we ensure we keep our ‘treats’ to ‘treat nights’ and keep our ‘quarantinis’ to a healthy amount?
- Try to avoid boredom (which is most probably a key factor as to why we may be drinking more!) Easier said than done right in these current times, BUT not impossible. Fill your days with a schedule. Start with an online workout to set your good intentions for the day ahead, eat well, catch up with friends on the phone, use this time to learn something new, perhaps an online course or something you’ve always wanted to learn, but never before hand the time. You’ll not get a time like this again, so make the most of it!
- Save ‘having a few drinks’ for the weekend, like you may well have done before in more ‘normal’ times!
- Ask yourself, ‘would I be having a drink now if I wasn’t in quarantine’? If the answer is no, then you know what not to do.