Chris Hadfield and other astronauts share self-isolation tips during coronavirus
If anyone knows how to not go crazy while spending a lot of time alone, it's an astronaut. Chris Hadfield, Scott Kelly, Peggy Whitson and Buzz Aldrin have a few suggestions.
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Self-isolating and social distancing to help slow down the spread of coronavirus isn't easy, but for astronauts like Chris Hadfield it's completely normal. Working in close quarters with limited supplies while far from family and friends is what astronauts must get used to while working for months at a time in space.
On Saturday, Hadfield posted a video called Astronaut's Guide to Self Isolation to help those struggling with working from home or just feeling stir-crazy during the pandemic.
Hadfield offers ways to cope with self-isolating that he learned from his time spent in space. "Understand the actual risk, don't just be afraid of things," Hadfield said in the video. "Go to a credible source and find out what is truly the risk that you're facing right now."
Hadfield recommends you have a mission and make goals during this time. Decide what you want to get done and what you need to accomplish. He suggests people start a new project or study something new like how to play guitar or learn another language.
"Take care of yourself, take care of your family and friends, take care of your spaceship," Hadfield said.
Hadfield isn't the only astronaut with tips on self-isolating during this difficult time.
"You will find maintaining a plan will help you and your family adjust to a different work and home life environment," Kelly wrote. "When I returned to Earth, I missed the structure it provided and found it hard to live without."
But Kelly thinks it's also important to relax a bit while working from home. "Take time for fun activities: I met up with crewmates for movie nights, complete with snacks, and binge-watched all of Game of Thrones twice," he wrote.