Check this out. What you will see is a physician’s tips on how to break the bad habits that you developed during the pandemic. Overeating is a major one of these habits. 42% of the respondents to one survey reported that they had gained weight during the pandemic, with an increased poundage of an amazing 29 pounds. Increased alcohol consumption, smoking and vaping were also high on the list of bad habits that flourished. Anxiety, depression and sleep disorders also raised their ugly heads during these hellacious months. Many people, of course, manifested more than one of these newly formed bad habits, and this blogging physician wisely recommends not trying to jettison them all at once.
Bottom Line. Perhaps the saddest part of these negative outcomes is the promise we made to ourselves when “lockdowns” began. Remember? We were going to use this newly found isolation to do something really special. Learn a new language. Catch up on books that have long been on our reading list. Etc. Well, for most of us, things simply didn’t work out that way, and now we need to scramble to get back to our healthier, pre-pandemic status quo.
The best guidance offered in this piece is that we be “intentional” with our time. Be mindful of metering out time for good activities, thus allowing less time for bad habitual behaviors to manifest themselves.
That’s good advice! I’m working on it myself!!!