My sober pandemic: V

lovely silver bedsheets

"No foggy head and lurching pains in my tummy in the morning to add to the challenging day ahead."


Today's sober hero is 'V' who lives in Scotland.


Mrs D: How are you feeling about what's going on with this COVID-19 virus?

V: Worrying on a personal level, for my family’s and my own health and saddened for my industry (hospitality) where all places are closed for the foreseeable future. I am worried some may not make it financially and may not re-open.

Mrs D: How have your emotions shifted and changed since the crisis began?

V: Lockdown has been helpful for me to stop drinking as I have decided to try and use it to do all the stuff I am too busy to do normally. Like eat healthily, exercise, read and listen to literally loads of quit lit audio books .... me time.

Mrs D: How long have you been sober for?

V: This is day 23

Mrs D: How is being sober helping you at this crazy time?

V: No foggy head and lurching pains in my tummy in the morning to add to the already challenging day ahead with kids, trying to be healthy and still do housework etc.

Mrs D: Have you had any pangs to drink since the lockdown began?

V: One or two but, luckily, not many. I had one 30 min craving the other day. Sun was shining. I was in the back garden. Hubby still drinking (I will work on that next lol) but then the craving was gone. I got a freezing cold can of juice from my new 2nd fridge I bought just to keep a multitude of different flavoured non alcoholic drinks and some other adult treats I don’t want the kids to eat lol (e.g. Marks and Spencers chilli and garlic Honduran prawns etc. They deserved their own fridge don’t you think?!) The kids have been told to stay away from 'Mums treat fridge'. Which they know, in NO way, is it a booze fridge.

Mrs D: Any particular self-care actions that are helping you in these gritty times?

V: See above ???. Then new fridge ?.

Mrs D: What are you doing to fill in the days?

V: Eating out of the new fridge ??. And chopping a lot of fruit and veg to make crunchy fresh salads, stir frys and fruit salad.

Mrs D: What would you say to people who are struggling with alcohol while they're in lockdown?

V: Try and emerge from the lockdown with less problems then you started - feeling stronger , healthier and happier. No hangovers in the morning is making this much more achievable.

Mrs D: What's in this photo you've shared with us?

V: This are my new bed sheets (that could do with an iron but I literally just stepped out the bed). You know when you have a hangover, you change your sheets much less that you should. Well these get changed every 3/4 days. I will work on the ironing (what I mean is I will start buying non-iron duvet covers after seeing this pic ??). At least they smell great every night ??.

Mrs D: Anything else you'd like to add?

V: Good luck everyone ! Stay safe xxxx


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  1. Ellen Banthin 4 years ago

    I love that you got yourself a second fridge for “mom’s treats.” Great idea. Also like the idea of coming out of this pandemic stronger than before. I have been sober for just over two years and planning to stay that way. I also would like to emerge no heavier than when this started and in better physical shape. I have plenty of time to exercise and take care of myself. No excuses!! Be well and good luck! You have a great attitude and energy about you! This community is a fantastic place for support when you need it.

  2. Hammer123 4 years ago

    I love the idea of a treat fridge, you need to take care of you and the rest will fall into place. Congratulations on 23 days AF!

  3. Pollyonthewagon 4 years ago

    Thank you for your story V. Can so relate to what you are saying. I am at Day 43. Making the most of lockdown to restart my sobriety. Keep up the good work. You are doing brilliantly xxx

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