Alison Douglas Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland   

Beyond our professional roles we also need to see a way into 2021 that remind us of what we can do (however small) for our sense of wellbeing in this very big and challenging world.

I’m writing this just a few days since we heard about the new variant of coronavirus and were thrown back into all-but-lockdown. I feel that flicker of fear again; the one that is familiar from March. So how to keep on keeping on? I’m going for a jog today. It won’t be far and it won’t be fast, but it will be a sign of recovery for me; from a long-standing knee injury that finally required surgery, from an Achilles niggle that made me hobble. I was one of those couch to 5k-ers who crawled past you this autumn, panting and sweating.  But with the cool wind on my face, puddles and mud slapping beneath my feet, and a robin singing its encouragement, I will feel a little bit stronger and a little bit more optimistic. Maybe I’ll even start dreaming that 2021 will be the year I crack a 10k!