People Are Doubling Down on Unhealthy Habits. Here’s How to Stop.


Simple tips for making better choices while you’re stuck at home.

By Alexandra Hayes

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Staying at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is helping save lives. But at the same time, the associated stress — much of it related to boredom, anxiety, or fear of the unknown — puts many of us at risk of indulging in unhealthy habits.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening since stay-at-home orders first began: Alcohol sales were up 55% in the week ending March 21, 2020, according to Nielsen. People are also eating more and exercising less. According to new data from 68,000 fitness trackers, there’s been a 39% nationwide decline in physical activity since March 1, 2020. Unsurprisingly, people are also streaming TV at higher rates than are typical: during the last week of March, Americans streamed 156 billion minutes of television — that’s 41 billion minutes more than the last week of February, Axios reports.

In a time of unprecedented stress and trauma, people are flocking to whatever substance helps…click here to continue reading