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Pandemic Helps to Remove Stigma of Mental Health While Exercise Races to the Rescue

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New statistics out today have revealed that two thirds (66%) of mums say their mental health has been negatively affected by the pandemic. However, despite the trauma, over half (52%) of mums say they feel more comfortable talking about their mental health than they did this time last year, saying it has become much less of a taboo. Half (52%) also said they feel more aware of their mental health and when they have down days than they were pre-pandemic. 

The research, from online fitness community, Jemma’s Health Hub asked 500 mums for their opinion on what is keeping them positive during the pandemic. The top answer was exercise, with 37% of mums saying that, followed by their children (18%) and their partner (16%). About half (49%) of mums said they prioritise exercise more now than they did pre-pandemic. The most popular time to exercise is first thing in the morning (33%), followed by the afternoon (22%) and mid-morning (21%). 

Jemma Thomas, personal trainer and founder of Jemma’s Health Hub, which undertook the research said: ‘2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but it’s brilliant to see Brits using exercise to keep themselves positive. Getting a routine going, keeping active, and taking care of yourself and those around you are so important during these tough times. One good thing to come out of the pandemic is the spotlight shone on mental health. As a nation and individuals, we need to talk more about our emotions, especially when we’re struggling. No one is alone, no matter how hard it seems.’

The survey also revealed that a third (33%) of mums said they felt worse about themselves than they did pre-pandemic while half (50%) said their sleep had worsened. However, the majority of mums asked (65%), said that their relationship with their partner hadn’t been negatively affected by COVID-19 and lockdown, saying it was just the same or they actually argued less.

One in three mums (36%) said their eating habits had got worse as a result of the pandemic, while a similar amount (31%) said they were drinking more alcohol.

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