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Alcohol Awareness Week

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This week (16 – 20 November) is Alcohol Awareness Week, and this year’s campaign focuses on the link between alcohol and mental health.

There is no doubt that this year has been more challenging than usual, causing more stress and anxiety, which in turn can lead us to drink more alcohol. This strain on our mental health can be tough, without the added difficulties that drinking too much alcohol can bring.

Look after yourself

Due to the current situation, we are all spending more time at home and we can’t do many of the things we would usually do to make us feel good. However, there are several simple things you can do to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

Take care of your physical health

Maintain a healthy lifestyle as far as you can. Take regular exercise, whether it’s going for a walk or run, following an online workout, or stretching. Eat healthily to ensure you’re getting all of the right nutrients and try to get enough sleep.

Relax and reduce stress

Reduce worry by limiting your time spent watching or reading the news. Listen to music, read a book, or take a relaxing bath. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, take a break, go for a walk or try some breathing exercises or meditation.

Stay connected

Reach out to friends and family through phone and video calls, or even email and social media. It’s important to talk to others about how you are feeling. You may find they are facing similar challenges, so you can share your experiences to support each other.

Drink responsibly

Just do your best. If you do have a drink, pace yourself, try to limit the number of units you have and have a few days off each week.

Useful resources

AlcoholChangeUK

Find out more about alcohol awareness week and information on support available for you or someone you care about, including tips on how to cut down.

One You Kensington and Chelsea

Eat well, move more, lose weight, be smoke free and drink less with the borough’s free integrated healthy lifestyle service. The website holds lots of information and advice to help you live a healthier lifestyle, or you can sign up to receive tailored help to reach your goals.

Community Living Well

You may find these past news articles helpful:

Keeping your mind and body fit

Sleep and anxiety

Food and mood

Need extra support?

If you are aged 16 or over and registered with a GP in Kensington & Chelsea or Queen’s Park Paddington, and you are battling stress, anxiety or low mood, you can refer yourself to Community Living Well. Speak to your GP or complete this online form.

 

Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 17th November 2020

SMART St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training