General public and islanders, your time in the villa has come to an end, what do you do now? #checkmate #howudoin
So, the most recent series of Love Island is finally coming to a close.
After 12 weeks, 26 contestants, one elephant and a £50,000 prize, the Love Island villa has closed its doors for the final time this year.
Returning for two series in 2020, the reality TV show has proved to be more popular than ever this year, but now the time has come for us to look at what else we can do between 9pm and 10pm on weeknights.
The mental strain that comes with being in the Love Island villa has been well documented over recent years.
That increases on the “outside”, when reality hits them as they go back to normal day-to-day lives.
Admittedly, the likes of Curtis won’t be going back to ballroom dancing straight away and I can’t really see Anna going back to her pharmacy on Monday morning.
With guest appearances in night clubs and the inevitable clothing deals coming their way, the islanders time will be taken up by anything but work.
But going from being locked in a villa in Majorca to being in the public eye 24/7, can they really be prepared to deal with the pressures that come with that?
Following the tragic deaths of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, Love Island bosses have been forced to take a number of precautions and measures to ensure new islanders have the support in place before, during and after their time in the villa, to make sure these tragedies don’t happen again.
But should they really have to be forced to do this? Surely these measures should already be in place.
Before the 2019 series, that we’ve all loved, laughed and cried at, ITV announced that all contestants will receive a minimum of eight therapy sessions after the show has ended.
This is along with several other new “duty of care processes” to provide participants with enhanced psychological support.
Before even entering the villa, the new islanders will have taken part in psychological and medical assessments.
Now filming has finished, all contestants will take part in training to provide them with advice on how to cope with social media, how to handle their finances and how to adjust to their lives now they are home.
So, the now former islanders have things put in place and a plan of how to cope without Love Island.
Now it’s time to see what you can do too.
Instead of waiting for the “I’VE GOT A TEXT!” and discreet “message!” from Ovie, why not send a friend a text simply asking how they are doing.
Personally, I just like to message my friends asking how they are out of the blue, as I know it can go a long way and can encourage someone to tell me that they aren’t ok.
It doesn’t have to be a close friend.
It could be someone you haven’t connected with in a while.
See how things are going in their life and what they are up to, you never know they could be looking for someone to talk to and old friend could be perfect.
At this time of year, why not take advantage of the light nights by going for a walk?
As boring as that may sound, going for a walk - even by yourself - is a perfect opportunity to gather your thoughts and get a break from reality for a while.
You could take someone with you and have a conversation.
My dog Charlie is often the one who listens to anything that needs to come off my chest when walking, usually along the beach with my girlfriend.
Just socialising with friends can be a great way of replacing the Love Island blues, go for a cheeky Nandos or watch some Netflix.
Whatever you do, don’t just sit and wait for something to replace Love Island, because even I will be lost without it.
What am I going to do without staring into Tommy Fury’s eyes every night?
As basic as some of these things may sound, they could be vital to someone’s wellbeing, and you could save a life.