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 = 𝙣𝙤 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙩 * 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗿 to those on earth * 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 - in fact, the participants got better at problem solving over time
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻? 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 :)