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Lockdown: A Space Adventure

Over the last few days I have been asked if being in lockdown is good or bad for your mind and body? Interesting question and challenge. I found an awesome piece of research conducted on astronauts that were sent on a 30 day mission at the international space station. This explorative study looked at mood, problem solving skills and stress levels during this isolated time. To make it a fair comparison, a control group that was not in isolation (on planet Earth) was used.

The Findings :) * It turns out that the space team showed no increases in cortisol levels during the isolation time = ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ * ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ to those on earth * ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ - in fact, the participants got better at problem solving over time

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป? While the view of Earth from space is prime, it is more fun to be together to fight the virus - it also turns out that that we have "got this", we can weather our moods and we can improve problem-solving skills if we give our grey matter stimulation - TV doesn't count, neither does fake news. Be safe :)

#change #anxiety #lockdown

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