Sometimes when things are stressful, all you want to do is get to your home and forget about the outside world. However, being isolated for extended periods of time is not healthy for the body or the brain, as has been evidenced by research aimed at seniors.
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More people than ever might find themselves spending more time indoors than they had planned on, which actually has more than one upside. However, there are some inherent negatives to being a shut-in, so let’s look at ways to maintain your mental health if you’re indoors for days or weeks…
This technique may give you a bit more breathing room at home – literally. Cosmopolitan explains that being distant from other people can lower your oxytocin levels, which ends up boosting stress and having a negative effect on the immune system.
The source claims that meditation is one way you can help mitigate the impact to your immunity, noting it increases a particular antibody that makes it more difficult for illness-causing viruses to pass into the bloodstream. There are some meditation apps available to help guide your journey.