Vagus nerve stimulation has begun to emerge as a promising treatment for mental health disorders. Deep breathing exercises can provide this effect to some extent, but researchers are more focused on nutrition. Tweaking levels of gluten, probiotics, antioxidant agents, and antibiotics have a direct impact on vagus nerve activity through the interaction with the bacteria that live in the human stomach.
Isolation and Mental Health
But though we are lucky to be clawing out of this, Covid-19 is likely to have lingering effects long after the physiological symptoms have disappeared. Quarantine, and in general the air of negativity that surrounds the pandemic, have recognizable effects on mental health.