Substance abuse and domestic violence are on the rise due to to the Coronavirus stay home, stay healthy and shelter in place rules.
There are more criminal complaints and calls for help due to violence at home. Public Safety officers fear these the most of all.
And there is good reason. If you’ve caught the news lately you’ve seen that police have died in the line of duty answering the calls.
Understanding that these are stressful times we must consider how it is influencing our behavior and substance use or abuse behavior.
When you know better you do better according to Oprah. Know this: when you use alcohol or other drugs it changes your brain chemistry and decision making skills.
Some people who have never had a problem with behavior, society or the law may be using substances more than usual to combat “cabin fever” and frustration.
Now is the time to be aware of this and to have coping skills at the ready. When you get angry, frustrated, don’t know what to do – realize that it is the times working on your brain.
In stressful times like these the irrational brain, or, your irrational part or parts could be gaining control. Just realizing this can help you cope.
Consider your self-talk: “I can’t take this any more. I don’t deserve this.” “Poor me” – you know. Recognize this is simply self-talk that goes with you and your diagnosis. Maybe you have depression. Times like this can aggravate you, your brain and which choices you make.
Recognize that it is just self-talk, it is normal for you and that you can change it to more positive language. You could realize that “this is only my negative part self-talk and knowing that I can change it.”
“I am in control of this situation and I choose to have a positive outcome.”
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