Eating a balanced diet and avoiding stressful news reports helped protect mental health during COVID pandemic
, 2022-10-14 17:11:23,
Throughout the course of the COVID pandemic many of us experienced increased feelings of anxiety and depression. According to the Office of National Statistics, around one in five adults in the UK experienced some form of depression at the height of the pandemic. This compares to around 1 in 10 before the pandemic.
We all coped with the challenges of the pandemic in different ways, but eating a healthy diet and not watching too many stressful news reports may have been the best way of staving off anxiety and depression, a study carried out by researchers in Barcelona suggests.
To make the discovery, the researchers had almost 1,000 adult Spanish volunteers note their levels of anxiety and depression, along with the free-time activities they carried out for one year during the COVID pandemic.
When presenting their findings at the 35th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual conference in Vienna, the team reported that following a healthy, balanced diet and not reading news updates about COVID too often were most associated with coping better with the pandemic. Taking regular exercise, going outdoors and relaxing were also seen to have a benefit.
However, some behaviours that were widely recommended to be beneficial, such as talking with relatives or friends, or spending time on a hobby, had a much smaller effect.
“This was a little surprising. Like many people, we had assumed that personal contact would play a bigger part in avoiding anxiety and depression during…
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