5. “Pay attention to increased substance abuse.”
Throughout the pandemic, there has been a notable increase in alcohol sales, as well as increased use of marijuana, opiates and stimulants. “Often, these are being used to self-medicate, numb the mental distress or curb boredom,” says Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal, chief medical officer for Sierra Tucson in Tucson, Ariz. “However, they end up worsening both mental and physical health issues in the long run, impacting not only the individual but also their families.” Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to increased substance abuse. If you acknowledge a problem with yourself or a loved one, seek support and treatment to avoid a potential crisis.