Looking after yourself
There are lots of things you can do yourself that can help. Different things work for different people, if something isn’t for you don’t worry – try something else.
Being kind to yourself can be a good place to start. Try to do something you enjoy, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Listen to some music, take a walk around the block, or just have a cuppa – whatever works for you.
Read more of our advice on looking after your mental wellbeing.
Christmas can be an expensive time of year, especially with rising costs. If you’re worried about money take a look at our advice on support with the cost of living.
Bereavement and grief can make the festive period hard. Whether it is a death that happened recently or in the past, you might find it difficult to cope with your feelings. AtaLoss have advice and information about organisations who can help, including advice specifically about coping with bereavement at Christmas.
The British Red Cross offer help with loneliness on their website here.
Talk to someone who understands
Talking about how you feel can make a big difference.
You can turn to the British Liver Trust’s supportive online community any time to share your thoughts, worries and questions.
Our nurse-led helpline will be taking calls up to 3pm on Friday 22nd December and reopens at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January. Call 0800 652 7330.
If you need to talk to someone while the helpline is shut please do not wait. For medical emergencies call 999 or call 111 if it is not an emergency or you are not sure if you need medical help.
You can get help across the festive period at any time of the day or night from many places including:
Samaritans 116 123
Support for whatever you are going through, big or small. Visit their website for information and other ways to get help including a self-help app.
You can get support via text message from Shout for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and living with chronic pain.
Refuge national domestic abuse helpline 0808 2000 247
Free confidential helpline open 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing domestic abuse.
Tips for staying alcohol free and support if you’re struggling
Although alcohol isn’t the only cause of liver disease, lots of people with a liver condition quit drinking. We know that this time of year can be especially difficult. Try our tips to make things a bit easier.
- Let close friends and family know if you’re feeling left out or side-lined.
- If people you don’t know well offer you an alcoholic drink, remember it’s your choice whether you explain why you’re saying no thanks. There’s no shame in not drinking alcohol, whatever the reason, but it’s okay if you don’t feel like a long conversation about it.
- Stock up on your favourite drinks and if you’re going to family for Christmas let them know what you like.
- Plan an activity you enjoy – a long, frosty walk, a trip to the cinema or a rowdy board game. You get to choose who’s invited and what’s on the refreshments list.
It’s important to notice if you’re struggling and get the help you need. Talk to someone who will understand, whether that’s someone you know or calling a helpline.
Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 917 7650
Visit their website to talk to someone using live chat or to find a local meeting.
Drinkline 0300 123 1110
Free helpline for anyone who is worried about their own drinking or someone else’s.
Visit their website for online resources and to find out about meetings.
Adfam are a national charity who tackle the effects of alcohol, drug use and gambling on family members and friends.