7 Tips from Astronauts on How to Self-Isolate Without Going Nuts!

Looking over these notes, what are some things that you have picked up on being home? I want to do more gaming. BUT when I think about it.. my whole family is indoors together. So I'll do gaming in the night time. I am working from home, trying to clean house, and being that I am a Dj I should start organizing music.

Former Space Station commanderChris Hadfield got on YouTube and had pointers on how to get through this without going nuts. And astronaut Scott Kelly shared some great tips too. Here are seven things they say to do . . .

1. Do your research, understand the situation, and listen to the experts. Don't just be afraid. Find reliable sources, and know the true risks you're facing. Having a good grasp on it can help you manage your anxiety. Just don't get TOO obsessed.

2. Choose some goals, identify the obstacles, and attack those goals. Think about what you want to accomplish today, this week, and this month. We can't do certain things right now, but moving forward is important. So new hobbies are a great idea.

3. Follow a schedule. If we're in this for the long haul, you don't want to drift through each day without a plan. Having some structure really helps.

4. Pace yourself. Don't try to do too much each day, or you'll get burnt out. Remind yourself to take breaks and make room for fun. When Scott Kelly was on the Space Station, he binge-watched"Game of Thrones"twice. So don't feel too guilty.

5. Get outside if you can. They can't do it in space, and it's one of the things they miss most. If you can't go outside, just crack a window. Or try this: On the Space Station, they play a lot of nature sounds, like birds and trees rustling in the wind.

6. Keep a journal. NASA has been studying the effects of self-isolation for decades. And they've found it's one of the best ways to stop cabin fever.

7. Take time to connect with your loved ones. Video calls with friends and family are HUGE for astronauts. So take advantage of it, and appreciate how lucky we are it's even possible to connect online now.

Like Hadfield says, "There's never been a better time [in history] to self-isolate."

(Huff Post/NY Times)

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