Amid COVID-19, with many countries implementing additional social distancing measures or full/partial lockdowns, you might be tempted to stay home throughout.

However, if we’re not careful, this can start to take a toll on our health and well-being (physical and mental). We’re all familiar with the ‘freshman 15’; with social distancing ramping up and more people working from home (with the fridge and snacks right there), ‘quarantine 15’ is likely to start creeping in. Additionally, given that relationships help us cope with stress, being away from your peers in the office can start to take a toll on your mental health.

According to a new research by Zippia, staying at home for 40 days, snacking on veggies, having a beer after work, doing a quick exercise session every day, may still result in you gaining 3.7 pounds (approximately 1.6kg) when it’s all over.

According to their weight gain calculator tool, while nuts are often touted as a healthy snack, it may be the most detrimental to your waistline. All other things remaining the same, snacking on nuts, will make you gain about three times as much weight as snacking on veggies.

 zippia quarantine15 calculator

When it comes to mental health, an infographic put together by HealthTrends and NowSourcing revealed that short periods of social isolation can increase anxiety or depression within a few days.

Individuals with no prior history of mental health issues may now experience difficulty concentrating, sleeping, and finding a normal routine. Whereas those with existing conditions are having their symptoms exacerbated.

The good news is – a few simple tips and adjustments can help ease the temporary transition. They include creating a dedicated workspace, staying connected to coworkers, and keeping in touch with friends.

Scroll through the infographic to find out more.

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Infographic/ HealthTrends and NowSourcing
Lead photo/ iStock