What has the pandemic taught us?
It’s been a whole year since ‘normal life’ changed and we were told to stay at home.
If your drinking has increased since then, you certainly aren’t alone. But what have you learned from the past 12 months?
That’s the question I asked some of the women I’ve been working with recently.
This time last year they were drinking heavily… now they’re alcohol free.
If you’re trying to quit, I think you’ll find their reflections really helpful.
What has the pandemic taught you?
Even if you’ve been drinking through it, you will have learned something from that. Did alcohol work for you, as a coping strategy? Do you want to learn how to cope with difficult emotions in another way? If you could wind the clock back 12 months, what would you do differently?
Whilst I hope we never go through another pandemic, the chances are that things like stress, uncertainty, isolation etc will reappear in your life from time to time. They may not be so intense or prolonged, but it pays to learn how to deal with them.
Takeaways from my students
In the video I share some posts from women who’ve been through my Getting Unstuck course at some point within the last year. Most of them are between 3-9 months alcohol free and were drinking when covid began.
Here’s what the pandemic taught them:
– You can quit drinking during a crisis!
– Lockdown made life tough, but the ‘upside’ was that it became obvious that alcohol wasn’t helping.
– You’re stronger than you realise and can cope with more than you think.
– Sitting with feelings, sober, is hard at first – but it is possible.
– We’re not meant to do the hard things in life alone.
– You have to focus on what you can control – e.g. your drinking, your attitude, how you choose to show up for yourself.
– Alcohol makes anxiety worse.
– We’re more adaptable than we give ourselves credit for.
Now it’s your turn…
What has the pandemic taught you? Do you know how you want to move forward? Perhaps you learned something about yourself that you would never have realised otherwise. I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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