For the last few weeks, at least half of the entire human being’s population are spending their lives under lockdown. It means that more than three billion people can’t afford to leave their homes due to the pandemic coronavirus outbreak. There is no other place for an individual to relax, worship or even work. This has brought a change in everyone’s lifestyle and regular day to activities.
For most of the millennials, this is a quite unsettling, unusual and unprecedented event in their lives. Therefore, what can be more beneficial in such a situation that taking suggestions from people who cope up with isolations, since the first day they became a submariner or astronomer.
Therefore, here are a few advices from a submariner and three astronauts to cope up with this self-quarantine phase:
John Rafferty, a former US Navy submarine officer
Improve your relationships: “One of the first things I did when I buckled in for the month-long trip was trying to identify with whom I had the weakest relationships and then working on those very intentionally. I couldn’t afford to have a bad relationship with anyone in such small quarters. I decided I was going to have a passable relationship with them so that when we are in the food line together, it’s not weird. And there’s no hard feelings.”
Chris Hadfield, an astronomer from Canada
Ignore the ignorance: Space is a hostile environment, he says. So he and fellow astronauts always know the risks they face. “Understand the actual risk, don’t just be afraid of things,” he advises. “Go to a credible source and find out what is truly the risk that you’re facing right now. It can be- you, your family, your friends, the people that you care about.”
Scott Kelly, a NASA astronaut
Do what you love: “I made a list of things that brought me joy and tried to incorporate each of those into my daily life. On that submarine, the list included the StairMaster that I found onboard. It’s just a great piece of equipment to use. I was just starting a new book at the time and was pretty excited to read it. And I also added to that list watching newly released films.”
Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS)
Learn to make the best of things: Trying to balance work, parenting and family while at home can become very challenging,
Have a sense of purpose: Whitson says that feeling like you are part of a higher purpose is something that helps astronauts stay positive.
Keep busy: Periods of inactivity can be tricky. Whitson says that while on the ISS, she would do things she’d been thinking about doing if she had more time, and recommends people stuck at home during coronavirus lockdown do the same.