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Parents are juggling a lot right now and many families are experiencing increased stress and anxiety due to health and safety concerns and/or financial hardships. In difficult times, it is especially important for parents to bond with their children, talk with them about how they feel, and help them find healthy ways to cope. Taking time to unwind and care for yourself is also important—for you and your teen who is watching how you manage stressful situations.
As COVID-19 has us all spending more time at home, teens may have more access to things like alcohol or marijuana. You can help them make healthy choices at home and beyond—set clear family rules... read more
You may have seen reports of increased alcohol sales as people are stocking up on grocery items and looking for ways to relax and de-stress. As April is Alcohol Awareness Month, this is a good time to reflect on how alcohol affects our lives, and to consider if it should be part of a healthy response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alcohol may appear to temporarily lower stress: it is a sedative and depressant that slows brain functioning, allowing you to take your mind off stressful events. The truth is alcohol changes levels of brain chemicals and can disrupt sleep patterns, which can actually increase feelings of anxiety the day after drinking.