It has been a difficult year for many of us; a year like no other. For countless reasons, a lot of us have overindulged over the last few months and December will be no different. From managing stress and anxiety to overcoming boredom and loneliness, we’ve turned to excess alcohol, food, technology use and many other things to help us cope.

Did you know?

In the UK since the COVID-19 pandemic began:

  • 40% of people say they are eating more
  • 17% say they are drinking more alcohol
  • 84% of parents are worried about the increase in their children’s screen time
  • Adults now spend more than a quarter of their waking day online – the highest on record


As we head into the festive season, it’s important to take control of unhealthy habits and regain control of our wellbeing.

Overindulgence – how to find a happy compromise

We are all guilty of overindulging to cope with stressful situations, so it comes as no surprise that this year many of us have done this to excess. This factsheet gives tips on good food and drink choices, how to find a happy balance with alcohol, taking a break from technology and where to go for support if you need help.

Abuse of substance policy

Drug and substance abuse are a growing problem in society and can have a harmful effect on health and safety, performance, conduct and relationships in the workplace. The health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues is our number one priority. We have updated our abuse of substance policy which provides colleagues with details about their responsibilities in relation to this important topic and where they can go for further support at Greencore.


Stopping something that has become a habit is easier said than done. If you need help or support, our Talk2Us peer-to-peer confidential wellbeing service is available for all colleagues. Contact our volunteers on 01246 385290 or email them at (service available Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm – an answerphone will be available to take your details outside these hours.)

Help and support with GroceryAid

Need advice with emotional, financial, or health problems? You’re not alone. Get the help you need, when you need it through Grocery Aid’s free, confidential 24/7 helpline: 08088 021 122. Help and support is also available via their website at:

Although a very challenging year, there are many positives to emerge; we’ve given more focus to our health and wellbeing and discovered ways to use it to improve our lives.

I want to thank you for your support this year, it has been encouraging to hear how useful colleagues have found my wellbeing updates. I hope you and your families enjoy the festive season.

“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”

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