DR ALEX George is taking a break from work on the NHS frontline following a “long and hard year” amid the coronavirus pandemic and his younger brother’s suicide.
The 30-year-old star admitted that he’d realised he was “becoming stressed” – and that some well-deserved time off would do wonders for his mental health.
The medical worker took to his Instagram page to share the news, and encourage his followers to be aware of their own stress levels.
Sharing a photo of himself sitting in a pair of tracksuit bottoms and a comfortable jumper on his plush sofa, Alex wrote: “It’s been a bit of an up and down week. I always want to be honest with you guys and the last thing I want is for my page to be a highlight of good days, hiding the bad.
“It’s been a long and hard year, which ultimately takes it’s toll. I have really felt it this week and I am aware I need a break.
“I am taking a full week off from Tuesday. Recognizing when you are becoming stressed and acting on it, is so important.”
He continued: “There are good times on the horizon as well as things I want to achieve, most importantly in my role but also in my personal life and with my new brand (which I am rather proud of 😊).
“To be able to do this I need to look after my physical and mental health. Never be ashamed to take a break, when you need it.
“I believe it’s a sign of self awareness and ultimately strength. Happy Sunday everyone and remember to be kind to yourself 💙”
Alex was praised for prioritising his mental well-being, with one follower writing: “Glad you’re looking after yourself, self-care is so important 💙💙”
Another fan added: “A very well deserved break too, Alex! Look after yourself 🙏🏼💙”
Alex, who shot to fame in Love Island 2018, has been working flat-out for the NHS throughout the gruelling pandemic, also helping to raise awareness on his social media channels as well as with TV appearances.
His world was rocked in July last year when his younger brother Llyr took his own life at the age of 19.
Alex was left heartbroken and devastated, announcing the news at the time on Instagram as he shared: “I can’t believe I am actually writing this post.
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“I have lost my beautiful little brother to mental health. I love you so much Llŷr. The kindest and most caring soul.
“I was so proud of you starting medical school next month, you would have been the most incredible doctor.
“We are hurting so bad. No words can explain.
“As a family we are devastated. We love you and miss you so much. Please rest in peace x Our boy.”