The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone in some way. Many people have lost their jobs and are experiencing financial hardship. Others feel isolated and lonely because they can’t interact with friends and family. Uncertainty about the future has everyone concerned.
It’s a stressful situation all around. It’s important to be conscious of its impact on you because of the potential for mental health issues including increased depression and anxiety along with substance abuse. In times when it feels like there is no control over your life, and you are filled with fear, it can be easy to slide into depression, allow worry over the future to grow into full blown anxiety and/or turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with your problems.
While it’s normal to feel afraid and anxious while dealing with the effects of this pandemic, those living with mental illness and addictions may find it especially difficult to cope. Fear can be overwhelming. Loneliness is hard for anyone to bear.
It can be easy to slide into old behaviours and ways of managing your emotions. If you’ve been sober even for a long time, ensuring you don’t relapse is critical. It will only add to an already difficult situation.
You have choices. You can do things differently.
Reach out for help. Talk to a friend or family member. Call your sponsor. At House of Courage, we are only a phone call away.
Remember — you don’t have to go through this alone.