May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness of mental health and help reduce the stigma surrounding it. It is a great opportunity to educate yourself, your family, and your friends about the importance of mental health and get support if you’re struggling. Awareness of mental health is important on many levels. It helps us understand our own wellness and that of our friends and loved ones, it helps us raise awareness in our communities, and it helps us better ourselves and others. This month, we are focusing on the importance of mental health awareness and the ways we can all contribute to a healthier world.
One of the ways we can start to improve our mental health is by examining our relationship with alcohol. Although alcohol might make us feel relaxed in the short term, it can help contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety and can also make dealing with stress harder. In fact, this is one of the many reasons that so many people are looking for ways to cut back on their alcohol intake and re-examine their relationship with alcohol. Most adults don’t want to give up alcohol entirely but do want to cut back and figure out how to be healthier without giving up alcohol entirely. When we start to think about the impact of alcohol on our feelings and behaviors, we can acknowledge that mindful drinking can be a helpful strategy in reducing our alcohol consumption.
We all have a mental health, which is why it’s important to be open and honest with our friends, family, and coworkers about when we’re feeling stressed, sad, or anxious. Many of us think that leaning on alcohol helps with our mental health and stress but it actually has the opposite impact. There are tons of benefits to your mental health from reducing your alcohol, here are just a few:
Improved focus. A recent study has revealed that drinking a lot of alcohol makes it harder to concentrate, as alcohol blocks a chemical in the brain responsible for focusing our attention. Alcohol can lead to disorganized thoughts and confusion, so cutting back on alcohol may improve your focus. With your mind clear you will be able to better focus on the task at hand.
Better sleep quality. Alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns causing you to wake up tired and unrested. Skip the alcohol so you can get a better night’s sleep and feel refreshed and alert the next day. You will also have more energy thanks to that goodnight’s sleep!
No hangovers. The dreaded hangover after a night of hard drinking is enough to make anyone want to take a break from alcohol. You can avoid all those nasty side effects by being mindful of what you are drinking, and avoiding alcohol altogether or pacing yourself with low alcohol consumption.
Everyone is included. Having non-alcoholic beverages available makes everyone feel included and supports anyone who is trying to be a more mindful drinker. Not drinking alcohol doesn’t mean the party is over, it simply means you can make mindful choices when it comes to drinking.
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