Could your debt be leading to unhealthy habits?
If your stress and anxiety levels are increasing, you’re not alone. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to feelings of uncertainty, worry or distress, and when coupled with job losses, money problems, and health worries, this can all increase stress levels. In the UK, 8.3 million people are over-indebted, and this makes them highly vulnerable to financial shocks such as job losses or large unexpected bills.
But that’s not all – debt and stress can make it harder to lead a healthier life. When stressed, people often start comfort eating, use alcohol to relax, smoke more than usual or even take up the habit. Stress can also lead to a reduction in physical activity, while debt means people can find it hard to afford healthy food, and so they eat more junk food.
Our new blog provides tips on how to combat stress, unhealthy habits, and links to helplines for managing debt.