Sleep disturbance and unhealthy eating – usually accompanied by unwanted weight gain – are now more the norm than the exception.
What can you do if you’re locked into this cycle?
Control what you can: Even though you have to accept uncertainty in terms of how long effective treatments and a vaccine will take, you can reinstate a sense of personal control by adhering to a daily routine.
Go to bed and get up at predetermined times: Decide when to have meals and stick to your schedule.
Eliminate temptation: Stop buying foods high in sugar and saturated fat, and instead fill your kitchen with healthy choices such as fruit.
Exercise: Set aside at least 20 minutes every day to take aerobic exercise. This will lift mood, help you sleep better, and regulate appetite.
Make adequate rest your top priority: Don’t try to force sleep; prioritise rest instead. Create a relaxing and enjoyable bedtime routine. If you can’t sleep, don’t worry – read or listen to music while breathing deeply, slowly and evenly.
The Daily Telegraph