Depression and alcoholism

Depression and alcoholism: Your guide to surviving it

The pandemic has further aggravated the condition of people battling depression and alcoholism. In many cases, people who are constantly feeling low and depressed. As a result, they areĀ  more inclined to excessively drink to cope with stressful situations. Looking at how you can cope better, Dr Kedar Tilwe, consultant psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital Mulund and Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi breaks things down for you.

Tips to battle depression and alcoholism

Some people are finding it increasingly hard to cope with the stress and anxiety that the pandemic has forced them to battle. To cope, some have increased their intake of alcohol, drinking excessively to down their sorrows is not the best coping strategy. There are better ways of dealing with these stressful triggers. Approaching a trained mental health professional should always be your first step. Other ways that can help you curb this dependency on alcohol are…

  • Practicing mindfulness exercises

Consciously using relaxation and mindfulness exercises can help beat the blues that lead an individual to indulge in excessive alcohol consumption to cope with stressors.

  • Be aware of how alcohol can affect sleep quality

It’s important to realise that alcohol is responsible for sleep cycle disruption, and it does not let you enjoy quality sleep. Hence, avoid having excessive amounts of alcohol as a way to cope with any stressful situation.

  • Use your free time to indulge in activities you enjoy

Take a walk after dinner with your dear ones. It will help you beat the blues as well as nullify the need for alcohol. You can also use your free time to learn new skills, and hobbies. Also, involve yourself in group activities, which can keep you focused and reduce the craving to drink excessively.

Help is available in form of medicines, counselling, helplines, and support groups. These can assist you in quitting alcohol, and beating depression, so avail of it!