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Are you suffering from low mood or snacking more in lockdown?

by Evesham Dental, on 22nd January 2021 | Comments Off on Are you suffering from low mood or snacking more in lockdown?

Many people are finding the third national lockdown really tough and it is hard to see when our lives are likely to get back to normal, say our Evesham dentists.

This can lead to feelings of low mood and when we feel unhappy, we can often comfort eat. As well as affecting our dental health, irregular eating patterns and unstable blood sugar levels can make a difference to our mood and energy levels too.

It is not so easy to snack when we are at work but with so many of us working from home, the kitchen is just a few steps away.

Snacking could be the result of boredom and the need to find a distraction that gives us a short-term comfort. The problem is, explains Evesham Dental Health Team’s principal dentist, Richard Colebourne, that snacking can have serious repercussions for our health, both mental and oral.

Whenever we eat or drink anything, plaque bacteria in the mouth converts sugars into acids that attack the teeth, causing tooth decay. Usually, the mouth can neutralise these acids via the saliva, however, constant snacking does not give the mouth chance to recover. This leaves us susceptible to acid attacks.

Some helpful advice from Mind, the mental health charity

The following tips may help if you’re struggling with difficult feelings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Talk to someone you trust

It might feel hard to start talking about how you are feeling. But many people find that sharing their experiences can help them feel better. It may be that just having someone listen to you and show they care can help in itself.

If you aren’t able to open up to someone close to you, you can call Samaritans any time and free of charge on 116 123.

Find support

Mind’s coronavirus useful contacts page (link below) lists lots of organisations who can help with different needs during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes support for:

  • work and redundancy
  • money, benefits and housing
  • caring for others, including young people
  • dealing with grief

Look after your physical health

Try to get enough sleep. Sleep can give you the energy to cope with difficult feelings and experiences.

Think about your diet, as eating regularly and keeping your blood sugar stable can make a difference to your mood and energy levels.

Try to do some physical activity because exercise can be really helpful for your mental wellbeing.

Useful links

Coping with difficult feelings, emotions: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Useful contacts: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-useful-contacts/

UK Government coronavirus guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Government guidance on shielding and protecting vulnerable people in England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Government coronavirus restrictions across England: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions

NHS advice for staying well in winter: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/

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