Box sets and comfort food vs a few routines -what helps

We knew routine helps but here is some research by Michael Mosley of BBC Science Focus that proves setting a routine can reduce stress, ease anxiety and help you sleep. September, 2020

Our lives have all been disrupted by COVID-19, resulting in a big surge in anxiety and issues of mental health.

A recent study, carried out by researchers from the University of Essex, delivered some stark findings.

The team used data collected from nearly 12,000 people who, for many years, have been asked questions about their mental health, and found that almost a quarter of respondents reported experiencing at least one mental health problem during lockdown – up from 10 per cent in pre-crisis times.

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As they put it: “The scale of this deterioration in mental health is of a magnitude unlike anything we have seen in recent years.”

One way to cope with the challenges this crisis has thrown up is to find a routine and stick to it.

The temptation, when you are stressed, is to watch box sets and eat comfort food (and a survey carried out by King’s College, London, found that almost half the population have been doing just that during the lockdown). Though that may feel like what you want to do, in the long term it won’t do you any favours.

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