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Changing our habits can transform life in the pandemic

Sarah Green Carmichael


 

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To make a good-for-you activity easier, eliminate the barriers to doing it. Get the gear you need; make sure it’s organised and accessible. (Stock picture)

To make a good-for-you activity easier, eliminate the barriers to doing it. Get the gear you need; make sure it’s organised and accessible. (Stock picture)

To make a good-for-you activity easier, eliminate the barriers to doing it. Get the gear you need; make sure it’s organised and accessible. (Stock picture)

The first Covid-19 lockdowns in March jolted a lot of us into new habits. Some of these changes were healthy; others, not so much. We started cooking more, which is generally healthier than eating in restaurants. We're washing our hands a lot more. Some demographic groups, including older people, started exercising more.

But we're also drinking more alcohol, especially if we're women. We spend eight hours more a week watching TV. Lots of us are exercising less and spending more time doomscrolling (the endless consumption of negative news). Pandemic anxiety has disturbed our sleep. Boredom has encouraged some of us to do a little too much impulsive online shopping.


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