They say you’re supposed to avoid talking about sex, drinking and other people’s relationships. But who’s they, and how else can we navigate the world than learn about issues that affect so many of us?
From your relationships to your mental health to your sex life, USA TODAY’s wellness team is exploring ways to help you live a better life. The premium, reported content for subscribers leans on experts and unpacks both trending and deep-seeded issues in the relationships and lifestyle space.
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Here’s a taste:
During the pandemic, nearly 1 in 5 Americans report consuming an unhealthy amount of alcohol. Alcohol is ever present in the media we consume. But plenty of people have plenty of reasons to not drink.
Wellness reporter Alia E. Dastagir spoke with people who have chosen to be sober and the challenges they face.
“Not drinking is really a radical act,” said Laszlo Jaress, communications manager with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing who is in long-term recovery. “You are choosing to sort of operate outside of the normal purviews of society, where everything is so oriented around being out in spaces where alcohol is consumed.”
We’re lucky to have columnist Sara Kuburic, known on Instagram as the Millennial Therapist, on our team. She keeps relationship advice honest.
In her column on cheating, Kuburic outlines how people can let their partners down without being unfaithful. She then gives strategies on what to do if you feel a partner betrayed you.
“It’s important to remember that if you hold on to pain, distrust, and resentment,” Kuburic writes “it can hinder the growth of the relationship.”
Social video app TikTok is home to many different communities. Teachers. Crafters. Wood choppers. Feta pasta lovers. And… swingers.
Entertainment and diversity reporter David Oliver talked to TikTok users who are swingers and part of #SwingTok. (Swinging usually means exchanging partners strictly for sex.)
He shared their perspectives of what they wish other people knew before they judged:
“We want to break the swinger stigma,” said Kylie George, a TikTok creator from Cleveland, Ohio. “We want people to know this is not weird. This is not crazy. This is something that is normal and normal people with normal jobs do this.”
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