A typical astronaut is trained to survive in hazardous circumstances even in isolation. Long before the coronavirus hit the planet, astronauts are the only genuine experts on self-isolation and quarantine.
We all know that the countries across the globe have asked their citizens to stay at home. They ordered the schools and workplaces to close to control the spread of corona. In this lethal situation, many astronauts have come forward to share their experience in self-isolation during their space journey.
These astronauts have used comforting words to relieve people from stress. We all know that not all of us are good at handling our stress and depression. But these astronauts have provided some valuable tips to divert us from our stress due to this self-isolation condition.
Astronauts Insightful Tips on Self-isolation
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, who has been in space for almost six months as part of the Expedition 62 mission, tweeted “From up here, it is easy to see that we are truly all in this together. #EarthStrong,” she said. Her tweet implies the hidden meaning that we all are united despite our country, race, and culture to face this corona together.
— Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) March 16, 2020
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent a record-breaking stint of almost a full year in space in 2015 and 2016. He spent his time with his crewmate, watching movies and completing his snacks during his confinement living in outer space.
Kelly suggested people involve themselves with hobbies like reading, writing journals or books, playing instruments, practicing art and craft to overcome this self- isolated situation. So we can keep ourselves occupied and stress-free.
Kelly wrote on Twitter Saturday (March 14) “We’ll get through this together by following the advice of the experts.”
Kelly recommends in setting and following a schedule, in order to establish structures around a combined work and home living environment. He suggests the importance to pace ourselves.
We’ll get through this together by following the advice of the experts. https://t.co/bC6lrfr4mB
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) March 14, 2020
NASA astronaut Anne McClain is another spaceflight veteran, having spent about six months aboard the ISS in 2018-19. ” Reminder that stress happens when expectations aren’t in line with reality. When we can’t change reality, it’s best to focus on our expectations,” said McClain.
Reminder that stress happens when expectations aren’t in line with reality. When we can’t change reality, it’s best to focus on our expectations.
Expect to do things differently.
Expect to need to adapt.
Expect to be out of your comfort zone.
Expect to put others first. pic.twitter.com/mR0xl40fBs
— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 17, 2020
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield offers ways to cope with self-isolation. He recommends us set a goal and mission of learning new languages, playing instruments or study something new.
Who's the most isolated of all – & how do we deal with it? An Astronaut's Guide: https://t.co/Mheifim83I
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 21, 2020
The main message from every astronaut is to keep ourselves occupied to cope with self-isolation.