In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, adults sat far more hours during the day than normal, working from home and shopping and ordering food online. In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, researchers at Iowa State University collected data about mood and behavior for over 2,300 adults across the country. They observed that this sitting for significant amounts of time was associated with increased symptoms of depression and anxiety. Even worse for our mental health was the fact that we largely replaced the more healthy sitting at family gatherings with watching television and browsing social media.
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