Lockdown led to happiness rebound, after wellbeing plunged with onset of pandemic

New study is among the first to distinguish effects of pandemic from effects of lockdown when it comes to wellbeing in Britain.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 wellbeing

Green prescriptions: should your doctor send you for a walk in the park?

Here's how to make sure nature-based prescriptions are actually effective.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: public-health wellbeing green-prescriptions

How to make your house and garden more tranquil – tips from an acoustics expert

Whether it's cars passing nearby, a neighbour's blaring music or the constant drone of a lawnmower, the trouble with sound is that – unlike light – it can be hard to block out completely.

Greg Watts, Professor of environmental acoustics, University of Bradford • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health wellbeing gardens home noise house peace traffic-noise silence

Lockdown and tech overload – how to escape your screens

Excessive screen use has been linked to addictive behaviours, changes in mood, increased stress and difficulty sleeping - here's how to take a break.

Charmele Ayadurai, Teaching Fellow, Durham University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: addiction covid-19 pandemic online wellbeing dopamine zoom tech smart-phones video-games technology-addiction screens

Opinion: Employers should cut hours not people during the pandemic

If the UK emulated short-time working programmes in countries like Germany it would help mitigate the mental health as well as economic crises caused by the coronavirus, argue researchers from the Employment Dosage project.    

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 employment wellbeing

Examining the social impact of Covid-19

Survey from the Saxe Lab aims to measure the toll of social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julie Pryor | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
April 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 psychology pandemic wellbeing social-networks research community school-of-science technology-and-society brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute

Lockdown: how to stay fit at home

Use tins of beans, use a coat, use your kids ... it's all about being creative with the space you've got.

Adam Hawkey, Associate Professor, School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Solent University • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  wellbeing  fitness

Coronavirus: six ways of turning anxiety into positive mental health habits

We can use anxious thoughts as triggers to engage in activities that not only manage anxiety but to help us build positive mental health habits for the future.

Dusana Dorjee, Lecturer, Psychology in Education Research Centre, Department of Education, University of York • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  mental-health  covid-19  coronavirus  anxiety  wellbeing  mindfulness  meditation

Are your houseplants bad for the environment?

Gardeners, botanists and environmental campaigners share ways to keep your horticultural hobby sustainable

By Hazel Shearing • bbcnews
Jan. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: wellbeing instagram gardening

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