Survey finds 94 percent of Britons claim images of Johnson and Whitty cause a huge spike in anxiety

As we prepare for tonight's lockdown announcement, could we be left more stressed than before?

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Pictures of Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty are causing spikes in anxiety, one study reveals Credit: Pippa Fowles / 10 Downing Street/ 10 Downing Street

There has been no shortage of stress over the past seven months, but as the Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, prepare to address the nation at 6pm this evening with new lockdown announcements, it is likely that many Britons are subsequently gearing up to see another spike in levels of anxiety.

According to new research by beauty and wellness brand CBII, while the pandemic has had massive repercussions on our mental health - we are sleeping less and spending up to half an hour a day ‘doomscrolling' through bad news - one aspect of our current climate that is causing much of the undue stress is seeing images of Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty. Indeed, it seems that is enough to tip us over the edge, so too are images of packed trains and basic PPE.

In fact, images of the Prime Minister and chief medical officer topped the Covid stress poll of 2000 respondents, with a massive 94 percent claiming that seeing pictures of the pair causes anxiety. Worryingly, considering another is due later today, 35 percent of Britons said they feel heightened levels of anxiety after the Prime Minister's Covid updates on the news, with a further 28 percent feeling depressed and 21 percent feeling angry. Some of those who are struggling with wavering mental health are experiencing it for the first time due to the pandemic. 

But amid the stress, Britons are finding ways to manage. Some are actively tackling the strain on mental health by improving their sleeping habits, namely by reading before bed, limiting news consumption or using music to lull them away, the study found. Others have resorted to switching devices off or stopping all conversation about Covid-19 in their homes in the lead up to bedtime. 

Chiming into the debate, experts have suggested CBD (or Cannabidiol) as another solution to stress-induced flagging sleep patterns. Charlotte Dormon, holistic health coach says, “There are a few things that you can do to build better sleep habits – one of them in particular is to take CBD. That’s something I absolutely swear by. If you’re someone who suffers from anxiety, CBD is a really good solution.”

If the thought of Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty (alongside Chancellor Rishi Sunak) standing at their podiums tonight has already started to send shudders down your spine, you might want to arm yourself with one of these.

CBD solutions

Balance Capsules CBD + Vitamin B3, £34, CBII 

Balance Capsules CBD + Vitamin B3, £34, CBII 

 CBD Restoring Facial Oil, £25, The Body Shop 

 CBD Restoring Facial Oil, £25, The Body Shop 

Skin Drench Super Serum, £58.99, Grass Roots

skin drench super serum, £58.99, Grass Roots

CBD Lavender Sleeping Mask, £54, Kana

CBD Lavender Sleeping Mask, £54, Kana

Moodpatch Chill Mode Eye Gels, £15 for 5 pairs, Patchology

Moodpatch Chill Mode Eye Gels, £15 for 5 pairs, Patchology