One in three more concerned over mental health because of Covid-19  –  survey

Nuffield Health’s Healthier Nation Index – a UK-wide poll of 8,000 adults  –  finds that more than a third (37%) are more concerned about their mental health today as a result of Covid-19, rising to 40% who are more concerned about their physical health.

Astonishingly, 42% of those surveyed said they spend no time looking after their mental health and 15% admit they have not done any exercise in the last year.

The survey added that the average adult in the UK completes 40 minutes of vigorous exercise per week, compared to NHS guidelines of 75 minutes as a minimum.

60% say a lack of motivation is a barrier to exercising and a third (32%) don’t know how to get started.

In response to the findings, Nuffield Health is launching a campaign called Find Time For Your Mind. The survey aims to encourage people to spend five extra minutes a day exercising or focusing on their mental health.

Date published: April 25, 2022

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