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Award-winning actress and producer Sanaa Lathan 49, in a recent interview with PEOPLE magazine, disclosed that after almost three years she has finally decided to quit drinking in order to pay attention to her overall mental and physical health.
“I stopped drinking about three years ago,” she explained. “Alcohol was not going well with me physically. Just, it was not working anymore. It affects everything, and that’s part of the reason why I stopped, because even if you’re going out a couple of times a week and you’re drinking, it was starting to affect me throughout the week. It wouldn’t be necessarily a hangover, but it definitely dimmed my energy. I didn’t feel as good. It was affecting anxiety.”
Speaking further about the decision, the NAACP Image Award recipient further noted that after doing research on the effects of alcohol on the brain, she decided to stand firm in her decision: “You don’t realize how over time it gets your brain out of balance as well,” she added. Lathan shared that she was inspired by her mother who never drank a day in her life, but still managed to have a lot of fun.
“There’s this whole belief that you can only have fun with alcohol,” she told People. “I had to really reprogram that aspect, because it’s just all over in our culture. So, I haven’t missed it. My life has definitely become more of a morning life, but I can still go out and have fun.”
Meditation for Lathan is key at the moment and has in fact become a source of therapy for the star actress currently gearing up for her debut in Netflix’s series Hit & Run.
“I grew up with a mother who taught me about meditation so, I did it on and off,” she recalled. “The reason why I came to this practice was several years ago, I went through a lot of trauma. I had a best friend who died suddenly. She was not sick. It was completely unexpected. I didn’t process it. I was in a shock type of situation.”
Enveloped in shock and unable to properly mourn the loss of her dear friend, Lathan began to experience panic attacks as a result of the unresolved trauma. According to her she is grateful for meditation rather than depending on anxiety medication.
“There’s so many benefits… I’m a huge believer, a huge advocate,” she cheered and there’s certainly so much to be thankful for, according to Lathan.
“I just feel really blessed to be on this journey, as challenging as it’s been, of being an artist in this business,” she said. “I don’t take for granted the success that I’ve had. Yes, it has been tough at times. There’ve been times where I have wanted to give up, and yet, I am so incredibly grateful for just to be able to continue to tell these stories and do what I love.”