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How have your relationships with your family, friends and partners being impacted during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Has your relationship changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Since March last year we've all been affected in some way by COVID-19. Our personal relationships have been impacted too. New research has found that more than a third of couples have experienced new issues with their relationships during this time. And 11% of them have actually broken up with their partner as a result. Relationship breakdowns impact our overall health, with as many as 60% of UK adults struggling with mental and physical health issues that impact their professional life.

It's important that we continue to look after our health when we're going through relationship breakdowns. You'll find below useful guidance on looking after your mental health, making small changes to your lifestyle following a break up.

How break-ups can affect your mental health

Remember to take time for yourself during and after a relationship

It's not unusual to feel lonely at times, especially in the aftermath of a break-up, but it's possible that these feelings have been exacerbated since social distancing guidelines and lockdown measures have been introduced in some areas. We've spoken with our Society matron, Cheryl Lythgoe and put together four expert tips for managing loneliness in these uncertain times. 

Everyday life feels different now to this time last year. Understandably, this has caused people to suffer from stress and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic but also about their relationships with family, friends and partners. While higher stress levels are expected in the current time, there are things we can all do to help ease the pressure and try to relax and gain a sense of normality again. Take a look at our stress-busting tips.

In new research, 46% of people agree that your health is more likely to suffer if you've been broken up with. And 57% of people have had to take time off work due to a break-up. There's no doubting that it's a tough period in your life but if you feel anxious or stressful thoughts taking hold, there are things you can do. It's important not to become reliant on alcohol as well as trying to stay active. Take a look at more ways you can help your mental health.

As many as 60% of UK adults struggle with health issues, both physically and mentally following a relationship breakdown. These uncertain times can bring a lot of anxiety and stress to people, so make the choice to Be Kind today.

Life has changed a lot in the last few months and people can be reluctant to speak about how they're really feeling. In the last week alone, it's thought that one in six people have experienced some form of mental health issue but many cases go unreported. We want to provide you with some top tips on how you can start the conversation around mental health and start to make some life choices which can start to improve your wellbeing.

Unfortunately, feelings of stress are often inevitable, with many suffering from temporary feelings of frustration and hopelessness which may have been heightened with the ever changing times we currently find ourselves in. A break-up can only exacerbate these feelings. The good news is that there are ways in which you can reduce your stress levels before they become too dangerous.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle during COVID-19

As many of us are experiencing stress and uncertainty, it can be easy for some bad habits to creep into everyday life. See what changes you can make

Recent months have seen many couples re-think their relationships, for better or worse. As many as four in ten people admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on their relationship with their partner with 11% of people actually breaking up with their partner as a result. Take a note of some key things you should look out for in your relationship.

In these uncertain times, your health has never been more important. Regular exercise is key to maintaining a healthy body, and your mental health can benefit too, walking comes with a host of great benefits and you can often stumble upon walks and days out just minutes from your door step! Find out some benefits of walking you can expect to see if you add a few more steps to your daily routine.

With government guidelines restricting large gatherings and groups, it can be easy to feel isolated, especially when you no longer have the day-to-day interaction with your work friends and colleagues. We've put together five happiness goals so that you can ensure your ongoing happiness is a priority and you can still be connected with friends and family, even if you can't see them everyday.

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyday life, the government recently announced that anyone who can work from home should do so. However, for working parents with no childcare options, this could cause some anxiety around their work/life balance. In fact, more than half of parents whose mental wellbeing has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic cited balancing working from home and childcare as the biggest impact. Find out what you can do to manage this new found issue.

Break-ups can often cause some unhealthy habits to creep back into your daily routine and whilst, some extra chocolate here and there is unlikely to cause drastic impact to your body, it can quickly become a problem. In a survey conducted by Benenden Health it was revealed that people turn to other bad habits such as, staying in bed longer, drinking more alcohol and smoking more. Nearly two thirds of respondents also agreed that these changes also impacted their mental health. Read our top tips on how to stop smoking and restarting a healthier lifestyle.

As large gatherings are still prohibited, you may feel yourself lacking motivation due to the reduced interaction you may be having with your friends and family. But, instead of reaching for that bottle of beer or glass of wine, you can still fire up your inner motivation as we move into the New Year. We've put together 10 things you can try instead of drinking.

Keeping your body healthy is the key

A change in relationship can lead to different lifestyle choices. Make sure you choose options to keep healthy

There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about COVID-19 and whilst there's a lot of restrictions currently in place for your safety, it's important you have the right information about the virus. Learn about what we already know about the virus, plus some common myths surrounding the pandemic. Our Society matron Cheryl Lythgoe separates the fact from the fiction.

Whenever a big event happens in your life, it can be easy to get side tracked, from having children to starting a new job. The same can be said for a relationship breakdown, one fifth of people who have suffered from a break-up said they gave up exercise completely when newly single but staying active has loads of great benefits, both for your physical health and mental health. Follow our top tips on how you can stay motivated.

We've all heard of broken hearts after a break-up but it's important to look after yourself both emotionally and physically. By understanding the triggers that may affect your health and particularly the heart, you can put things in place to help you cope with the situation. Learn all about the heart with our in-depth Heart Health Hub which includes information on eating for a healthy heart, how to lower your heart age, plus many more interesting facts.

Coming to terms with a relationship break up can cause little to no sleep in the early stages as your mind is racing about what has happened. However, it's important adults try to get around 7-8 hours sleep per night. If you're struggling with your sleep, following these tips and making simple changes could have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep moving forwards.

Your blood pressure can rise from time to time, such as during exercise or stress. However, prolonged high blood pressure can be serious and can be exacerbated if you're feeling stressed or anxious about your relationships. Try our blood pressure tool today to see what your blood pressure means to you and what lifestyle changes you could make to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

As many as six in 10 people struggle with health issues following a break-up and many often turn to bad habits such as eating badly, drinking more alcohol or staying in bed longer. It's important to try and kick the bad habits and try and focus on keeping active. As well as physical benefits, it also allows you to clear your head and help your mental health. Here are 10 ways you can burn 100 calories quickly.

Keep yourself and those around you healthy

Learn about all things food and get prepared to impress your loved ones again

As you're probably spending more time working from home than before, why not have ago at one of these easy breakfasts? Put those extra few minutes you've gained from not commuting to good use and set yourself up for the day!

Stress and anxiety after a relationship can be a factor of high blood pressure. One of the simplest things you can do to help manage this is by making simple food swaps. Replacing things known to exacerbate high blood pressure and using alternatives to avoid it is a big step to managing your blood pressure. Plus, it'll make you feel great.

Impress your colleagues with these quick lunch ideas! Making your own lunch means you have total control over what you eat, giving the brain and body a midday boost. You'll also be using fresh ingredients that you like, the portion size you need and not consuming any unknown additives. Plus, you might save yourself a few pounds each week.

When you're feeling down and a little anxious, it can be easy to reach for the unhealthy option to give yourself a mood booster. Unfortunately, this will only be last temporarily and excess snacking can lead to weight gain and physical health issues. We've put together a healthy eating quiz, so why not put your knowledge to the test and see which foods you should be choosing to keep healthy.

Reaching for that mid-afternoon sweet treat can be tempting at the best of times, but whilst you're working from home and feeling more isolated that temptation can be even more rife. We all know that sugar can have a negative effects on your physical health, but did you know it can also have detrimental impacts on your mental performance? From lack of focus to behaviour changes, find out all you need to know about how sugar can affect your brain.

If you're experiencing a relationship breakdown, you may well be suffering from a lack of sleep. But did you know what you eat can also be a factor of this? By cutting out foods known to exacerbate poor sleep, you'll be able to make the first steps to getting your old sleeping pattern back.

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