Mental health problems are on the rise, and it is a rare day that a new study isn’t released which points to increasing social isolation, depression, anxiety and even confusion. But new perspective comes from a surprising source: Commander Scott Kelly, retired NASA astronaut, who spent 340 days in space. I interviewed Commander Kelly for this story—and found his experience inspired some key insights about what we’re all going through now.
First, know if you’re suffering or struggling with conditions brought about by the pandemic, you’re not alone. A new national study of 2,010 people conducted by the AARP Foundation and the United Health Foundation found two-thirds of adults—across all age groups—are suffering from social isolation. Additional studies have shown negative effects of social isolation are on par with obesity and smoking.
Commander Scott Kelly had to work through the physical,