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If you picked up bad habits to help you beat stress or boredom during lockdown, new data shows that you’re far from alone.
In our recent survey with data company YouGov, we found that 4 in 5 people in the UK developed unhealthy habits during lockdown, including:
Of the 2,000 people surveyed, two-thirds also said they have no plans to give up these habits. This may be because they find them comforting.
But people also reported taking a greater interest in their mental health, with 45% of the people surveyed saying they have taken extra steps to look after their mental health during lockdown. This includes:
Experts believe bad lockdown habits will take a while to shake off, so it’s worth thinking about the ones you’ve adopted and how you might slowly be able to break them -- and make good habits stick.
Our Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Dr Maureen Baker, is ready to help. Just drop your comment into our latest Facebook post. She'll pick the best question of the day and post a reply. #askMaureen
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We know that exercise is good for our physical and mental health -- and our overall wellbeing.
But what does it actually do for your body? This video from UK charity the British Heart Foundation explains.