Ramping up our wine habit to cope with this crisis is the last thing we should be doing. It’s more important than ever to look after our health during the next few months. Alcohol will impact your immunity and leave you at a higher risk of catching coronavirus.
Of course we must wash our hands, self-distance and stay home but we must also strengthen our immune systems. One thing we know for sure is that alcohol weakens our immune systems. It increases levels of inflammation and compromises our gut health.
As well as an increased likelihood of sickness due to a dampened immune system, alcohol consumption also contributes to poor sleep and increased blood sugar levels. If there is one thing that all the experts agree on it’s that good quality sleep will help us to ward off the risk of getting coronavirus.
Quite apart from our physical health alcohol affects our mental health. Anxiety levels are sky high throughout the world as we face this unprecedented situation. It’s tempting to numb ourselves with wine but in fact it’s the worst thing we could do. Drinking alcohol is like pouring gasoline on our anxiety.
This lockdown will not be easy so it’s no wonder we are tempted to rely on our old friend alcohol to see us through. We love our families but relationships thrive on the proviso that we get to spend some time apart.
Spending 24/7 with our partner and children is going to be hard but if we spend the lockdown drowning our sorrows we are going to end up with a weakened immune system and an increasing dependence on alcohol.
Rather think outside the box and use this opportunity to re-configure your life. Our usual routines have been completely disrupted so it could just be an ideal time to try new and radical things – like alcohol free living!
Ditching the drink for 21 days will not only make your body stronger, healthier and ready to fight off illness but it will also help your mental health.
Create a brand new routine which involves daily exercise, eating well and drinking plenty of water. Agree a daily timetable with the kids so they can help with the chores and keep their schoolwork on track.
Use this lockdown to do all those things you’ve been meaning to do for ages but never had the time. If one of those things has been to change your relationship with alcohol then there has never been a better time to do this.
If you need a bit of online and community support to get you through then sign up for our free 21 day Lockdown Challenge.
We’ll send you an email every day full of tips, tools and strategies to get you through. In a time of social distancing our online communities are more important than ever so we’ll add you to our Tribe Sober Lockdown WhatsApp group so you can connect with other challengers.
You could just emerge from this crisis as a stronger, happier and healthier person!