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Struggling With Isolation? Astronauts Have Some Advice

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly spent nearly a year on the International Space Station so he knows a thing or two about having to stay inside for long periods of time. Kelly (whose twin brother Mark is also an astronaut) spent a total of 520 days on the ISS including one that lasted 340 days.

Scott says the thing he missed the most was being able to go outside, particularly, he says the “smells, sounds, and sights of nature”.   So, if you don’t already have a dog, make yourself go out.  He also says you should follow a schedule, have a hobby, keep a journal, and get plenty of sleep.

Meanwhile NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who, in 2017 broke the record for cumulative total days spent in space by any NASA astronaut and who has spent a total of 665 days in space, says being in isolation is “actually very doable, but it’s very important to be able to interact well with the people you’re living with.”

 

Other Astronauts are doling out advice as well. Here’s Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield