During the COVID-19 pandemic, a stable routine – including exercise, recreation, regular sleep hours, and minimal computer time – has helped people stay in a good mood, according to the results of a new study published in Applied psychology: health and well-being.
Four times a day for two weeks in mid-2020, 91 young adults living in Poland were asked about their mood and the activities they were doing. Seven people were selected for an open follow-up questionnaire.
Coping strategies such as planning and scheduling helped participants maintain stable routines to maintain a good mood. Additionally, face-to-face contact was associated with a more positive mood, while a similar interaction via electronic communication had a less positive effect.
The researchers also found that daily reports of COVID-19 cases and deaths affected participants’ mood swings, and checking social media and news about the pandemic induces negative feelings like sadness, fear and the feeling of being overwhelmed.
“We have found that not all aspects of our daily routines translate easily into online settings. Social demands have forced people to spend long hours in front of computer screens during the lockdown period, which is not good for their health or general well-being, ”said lead author Julian Zubek, PhD, University of Warsaw, Poland.
Applied psychology Health and wellness
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