Dr. Alex George reveals that he is taking a break after battling on the front line with Covid and losing his brother

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Dr. Alex George has revealed that he is taking a break from work after a ‘long and tough year’ in which he tragically lost his younger brother to suicide and fought Covid on the NHS frontline.

The former Love Island star, 30, took to Instagram on Sunday and spoke candidly about his decision to take some time for himself.

He posted the casual photo of himself, wearing a cream sweater and black sweatpants, opening up with fans about his decision to take an entire week off.

Frank: Alex George has revealed that he is taking a break from work after fighting Covid on the front line and losing his brother last year in a post he shared on Instagram on Sunday.

Candid: Alex George has revealed that he is taking a break from work after fighting Covid on the front line and losing his brother last year in a post he shared on Instagram on Sunday.

The emergency room doctor said he “realized” he needed a break after the stress of the year “started to take its toll.”

Dr. Alex has also become the government’s youth ambassador in the aftermath of his younger brother Llŷr’s tragic suicide last July at the age of 19.

He said it was important to “acknowledge when you get stressed and act on it” and decided to take some time off.

Frontline: The former Love Island star, 30, spoke candidly about his decision to take some time for himself after a 'long and difficult year' during the pandemic

Frontline: The former Love Island star, 30, spoke candidly about his decision to take some time for himself after a 'long and difficult year' during the pandemic

Frontline: The former Love Island star, 30, spoke candidly about his decision to take some time for himself after a ‘long and difficult year’ during the pandemic

Siblings: He took on the role of Youth Mental Health Ambassador in the aftermath of his younger brother Llŷr's tragic suicide last July at the age of 19 (pictured together at Alex's graduation when Llŷr was 14) )

Siblings: He took on the role of Youth Mental Health Ambassador in the aftermath of his younger brother Llŷr's tragic suicide last July at the age of 19 (pictured together at Alex's graduation when Llŷr was 14) )

Siblings: He took on the role of Youth Mental Health Ambassador in the aftermath of his younger brother Llŷr’s tragic suicide last July at the age of 19 (pictured together at Alex’s graduation when Llŷr was 14) )

Honestly: In his lengthy caption, which he shared with his 1.9 million followers, he wrote: 'It's been a bit of an up and down week'

Honestly: In his lengthy caption, which he shared with his 1.9 million followers, he wrote: 'It's been a bit of an up and down week'

Honestly: In his lengthy caption, which he shared with his 1.9 million followers, he wrote: ‘It’s been a bit of an up and down week’

In his lengthy caption, which he shared with his 1.9 million followers, he 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 and hide the bad ones.

‘It has been a long and difficult year, which eventually took its toll. I really felt it this week and I am aware that I need a break.

'It has been a privilege and an honor to work with you': Dr.  Alex praised his NHS colleagues when he marked a year since the Instagram lockdown began

'It has been a privilege and an honor to work with you': Dr.  Alex praised his NHS colleagues when he marked a year since the Instagram lockdown began

‘It has been a privilege and an honor to work with you’: Dr. Alex praised his NHS colleagues when he marked a year since the Instagram lockdown began

‘I take a whole week off from Tuesday. Recognizing when you get stressed and acting on it is so important. ‘

He added: ‘There are good times on the horizon and things I want to achieve, especially in my role, but also in my personal life and with my new brand (which I am quite proud of).

‘In order to do this, I have to monitor my physical and mental health. Never be ashamed to take a break when you need it.

‘I believe it is a sign of self-awareness and ultimately strength. Have a great Sunday and don’t forget to be nice to yourself. ‘

Earlier this week, Dr. Alex his NHS colleagues when he marked a year since the lockdown began.

He shared a throwback snap with his fellow medical professionals, saying it was ‘a privilege and an honor’ to work with them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In particular, Dr. Alex thanked fellow hospital staff for their support during the ‘most difficult year of’ [his] life, “and said that” better days “will come for them.

The health care provider has been working on the NHS front line at Lewisham University Hospital since the start of the pandemic.

In an instant, Dr. Alex and his colleagues all had masks and scrubs, they had yet to get enough PPI at the time, and the TV personality admitted taking the picture before knowing the importance of social aloofness.

In March, Dr. Alex shared his joy after the government approved £ 79 million for youth mental health.

And while celebrating the good news saying he was so happy ‘he could cry’, Alex also told fans that ‘the work doesn’t stop here, this is just the beginning’.

In a candid interview for G2 in The Guardian Last month, Dr. Alex admitted that throwing himself into work has helped him cope with his brother’s death, as he still finds it “difficult” to really think about it.

He said, “I see grief as a little black box in my head. That box is always at home. You are not focused on it, but it is always there. ‘

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

New role: In addition to working in the hospital, Dr. Alex has become the government's youth mental health ambassador and approved £ 79 million for mental health care in March.

New role: In addition to working in the hospital, Dr. Alex has become the government's youth mental health ambassador and approved £ 79 million for mental health care in March.

New role: In addition to working in the hospital, Dr. Alex has become the government’s youth mental health ambassador and approved £ 79 million for mental health care in March.