Geordie Shore’s Aaron Chalmers has bravely opened up about his battle with nervousness through the first lockdown.
Aaron had turned to the bottle as a way of coping, and drank “12 to fifteen” bottles of beer each evening.
The truth star-turned-MMA fighter, 33, has now celebrated his eight-month sobriety milestone after reassessing his relationship with alcohol.
He is additionally welcomed his second son with companion Talia Oatway, and the long run is trying brilliant.
He defined that this time final yr he was “in one of many worst states I’ve ever been in with the Covid, I had simply misplaced an MMA struggle, the whole lot was going downhill due to alcohol.”
Aaron added: “Me and my missus had simply cut up up, misplaced a struggle and I used to be simply in a foul approach. The nervousness was simply the worst it had ever been.
“I took the choice on August 16 th to have a yr off of drink and now I’m eight months in, I don’t suppose I am going to return to it.”
Ingesting between 12 and 15 “massive bottles” of beer each evening, Aaron ate only one quick meals meal a day, smoked 40 to 50 cigarettes, and “ballooned” to 20kg over his preventing weight.
He instructed that his nervousness grew to become its worst when work dried up due to the pandemic as he frightened about how he may present for his youngsters and canines with no cash coming in.
Accomplice Talia satisfied Aaron to hunt the assistance of a therapist just a few years again when the onset of hysteria meant he wasn’t in a position to go away the home to go to the retailers.
And reflecting on his resolution to ditch booze in August, Aaron proudly mentioned: “Issues have turned out for the higher, it has been most likely the perfect eight months I’ve had in a very long time.”
He now needs to assist others going via related struggles, saying “one 30 minute cellphone name may change their complete life” and urging them to hunt assist.
Aaron additionally reckons males discover discussing their psychological well being tough, however insists they should not really feel “embarrassed” or that it “makes you much less of a person.”
When you’re struggling and want to speak, the Samaritans operates a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you’ll be able to electronic mail Jo@samaritans.org if you happen to’d choose to write down down how you’re feeling. You aren’t alone.