Brits have picked up at least 5 new rituals as a result of lockdown, study finds

As creatures of habit, Brits have picked up at least five new rituals to help benefit their health and mental wellbeing while cooped up at home more.

A study of 2,000 adults revealed that more than a third have picked up and embraced good habits during lockdown.

The survey, commissioned by Yakult, revealed almost eight in 10 intend to stick with the changes they have made recently.

It also emerged that seven in 10 adults feel secure and happy thanks to their routines, with 65 per cent even believing it has helped with their mental wellbeing.

Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of those who are exercising more, claim their wellbeing has improved, while 65 per cent also said eating a balanced diet helped.

Japanese lifestyle expert Candice Kumai, who is working with Yakult, said: "My heritage inspires me to focus on traditions and time-tested cultural wellness rituals.

"We learn so much from our ancestors' wellbeing rituals, and it is imperative to not only implement these in our daily lives but also introduce our own new rituals – just like the research shows."

The study also found that over lockdown, fondness for the great outdoors increased, with 29 per cent embracing time with nature.

Baking and cooking from scratch also rose in popularity after 27 per cent introduced this ritual into their lives.

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It also emerged 31 per cent have taken inspiration from Japan's Marie Kondo and developed a love for decluttering their homes.

And 18 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, are calming the mind through meditation or exploring mindfulness during this unsettling period.

Being at home so much more and needing to feel more organised and in control were the main reasons Brits claim to have picked up new habits and rituals – as well as simply having more time.

Spending more time with family and keeping in contact with those closest also had a massive impact.

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Yakult is working with influencers to share their expert tips on how you can implement and stick to some of the nation's top rituals.

Top 30 habits Brits have gained in lockdown and plan to keep 

1. Keeping hydrated

2. Keeping in contact regularly with friends and family

3. Decluttering

4. Being more mindful about finances

5. Shopping locally

6. Spending more time with family

7. Doing regular exercise

8. Spending time in nature

9. Rambling / walking

10. Cooking from scratch

11. Listening to music more

12. Eating a balanced diet

13. Cleaning

14. Gardening

15. Baking

16. Reading a book

17. Eating al fresco (outdoors/picnics)

18. Caring for others

19. Growing vegetables and herbs

20. Getting up early

21. Going to bed early

22. Meditation/mindfulness

23. Doing puzzles

24. Growing indoor plants

25. Making no-screen time

26. Donating or volunteering

27. Bird watching

28. Cycling

29. Yoga / Pilates

30. Taking up a new sport ENDS

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