It certainly hasn’t been easy, but quarantine has given us all more time to reflect. A recent study has found that for many in the Garden State, lockdown has actually inspired healthier long-term personal habits.
Rehabs.com is a provider of rehabilitation services and treatment information for people struggling with addiction. The site polled 3,000 Americans about how quarantine has affected some of their daily personal choices.
In New Jersey, more than half of those polled—58%—say lockdown has caused them to reevaluate some of their health decisions. Many reported exercising more, drinking less, and even finally quitting smoking.
New Jersey ranks higher than the national average, which hovers at around 54%. The people of North Dakota have been the most proactive at improving their health, with 77% saying they’ve changed habits during quarantine. Taking it harder are the people of Alaska, only 33% of whom say they’ve been making healthier decisions.
The fun in drinking seems to have worn off, with 1 in 5 Americans saying their alcohol consumption has fallen noticeably these last few months. Of those polled, 7% have ceased smoking or drinking entirely.
There’s also never been a better time to embrace the kitchen! With commutes eliminated for so many, fewer Americans have been relying on frozen options, and the home-cooked meal has made a comeback. According to this study, the average American has learned at least 4 new recipes since lockdown procedures began. About 43% of respondents say that their overall diet has improved.
While lockdown certainly hasn’t been a picnic, this disruption to our daily routines has also shaken some of us out of bad habits. As we all look forward to reopening, let’s stick with it!
To view the whole study, visit Rehabs.com.
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