Can you imagine living in a confined space, no bigger than your average apartment, 250 miles above the Earth, for six months to a year. For astronauts, there is no going for a walk around the neighborhood, no weekly trip to the grocery store, no takeout from your favorite restaurant. As a result, they have developed coping strategies for periods of stress and isolation, some of which can apply to our current situation.

Develop a routine
Try to adhere to a regular schedule as much as possible, this includes family time and time for physical activity.

Stay active
Astronauts are scheduled for up to 2 hours of physical fitness each day. If you don’t already have a regular workout routine, now is a great time to start one.

Call, email, or text with friends and family
Take a minute to talk or just let them know that you’re thinking of them. These types of interactions can be very powerful.

Have a purpose
Maintaining a physical distance means slowing the spread of COVID-19. Maintaining a physical distance means lessening the chances a loved one will get sick.
Maintaining a physical distance means if a loved one does get sick, there will be enough resources for them to get the care they need.

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