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So you keep control in isolation
For most people, the current situation is a first-time experience. Due to the social distance and the domestic quarantines, feelings like loneliness and despair can quickly arise. Some astronauts are now giving tips on how to deal with this situation - after all, they are experts in isolation.
Hundreds of millions face a situation that can easily overwhelm them during the Corona crisis. Astronauts know what it feels like to be cut off from the world - and give wellbeing tips.
Make necessity virtue
Making necessity a proverbial virtue and staying positive: This is what loneliness-accustomed astronauts advise their fellow human beings in the face of the Corona crisis. Frenchman Jean-François Clervoy revealed on a video clip of the Asteroid Day initiative and the European Space Agency (Esa) that he and his wife wanted to use their time to clean the house during the exit restriction.
For the German astronaut Alexander Gerst, a lot depends on the basic attitude: "It is very important in such times that you look ahead positively."
Get through the situation together
After all, you work together internationally, help each other, said Gerst. One could see it as an opportunity to survive an unknown situation like the current one together - one could gain from it. People might also be wondering how they will look back in ten years. One might say: "We made the best of it, we helped each other."
Staying at home means having control
In his home office, Gerst emphasized that there is a very effective way of containing the disease: staying at home. This gives you some control over the situation. This is also very important for Gerst's British colleague Tim Peake: on the ISS, his everyday life was initially completely external. Sleep, food, work and sports were planned rigorously. But over time, the workforce in humanity's outpost loosened the strict rules and thus regained some freedom.
"It is very important that people feel that they are able to control something," said the Briton, who was on the ISS in 2013. This is now also important in the coronavirus crisis, said Peake: "I think people can really take this to heart and get a positive attitude in this new environment."
Focus on changeable things
Former Esa astronaut Thomas Reiter, who also joined in, said it was also important to concentrate on things that could be changed - and to come to terms with the unchangeable. For a time in quarantine, he gave the tip to follow routines, not to live into the day.
The Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti called on people to think of those who had less space and comfort. "It makes a big difference whether you have a large house or whether you have a family with several children in an apartment that is too small without a balcony," she said. These people are probably the most stressed now.
Corona crisis visible from space
Esa boss Jan Wörner described that the pandemic is even visible from space: for example, the snakes in front of the coronavirus examination centers and the traffic jams at the borders were viewed on recordings. (vb; source: dpa)