Experts at Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, have insights into how lockdown is affecting our mental and physical health.
In a new survey, it has been revealed that almost half of Brits believe their overall wellbeing has remained the same, whilst 17% feeling their wellbeing has improved during lockdown.
And perhaps most surprisingly, those over 65 — a group subjected to the most stringent guidance around social distancing and isolation — appear to be taking lockdown in their stride. Nearly 70% said they disagree that their mental health has declined during lockdown, showcasing a positive trend in the vulnerable group.
However one in five Brits feel their wellbeing has gotten worse since lockdown began — and it’s not just adults who are finding in tough. Being without school, friends or their regular routines, nearly half of parents feel that lockdown has had a negative effect on a child’s wellbeing.
Dr Davina Deniszczyc said, “As we stay at home and abide by restrictions that will undoubtedly save lives across the country, we have seen people adapt differently. For some, they have seen benefits for both their physical and mental health.
“For others however, the worry and isolation is negatively impacting on their wellbeing. We are doing all we can to make our expertise available to as many people as possible, to help support those who need it most during these challenging times.”
Looking after our physical health at this time is a top priority for many. And whilst there may be restrictions around exercising outside, a third of Brits are doing more physical exercise now than before the start of lockdown. Endorphins, the feel-good chemical released during and after exercise, will be playing a huge part in that.
Try these six at-home exercises if you’re looking for somewhere to begin.
Repeated weekly, the polling will examine changes and attitudes toward wellbeing, as COVID-19 continues to influence our day to day lives.