According to Fyodor Yurchikhin, who has made five flights to space, quarantine is the perfect time
for doing things you never have time for.
Being quarantined can be “a good thing and something to enjoy,” says Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin at a time when more than a third of humanity is confined to their homes to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
The 61-year-old, who has made five flights to space spending a combined 671 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS), says the main thing is to stay positive when you’re cooped up.
Astronauts work “in an alien environment, surrounded by metal and plastic,” says Yurchikhin. “There are no trees and no plants, except for the ones used for experiments.”
“But we treat it as if it were our home. You guys, you’re really home! At home, even the walls help you!” he says.
“Remember that in space, it’s impossible to get out or take some air. At home, you can always open the windows or step out onto the balcony,” he added.
“Remember you have relatives and friends you haven’t called for centuries because you were too busy,” he said.
“Why not get in the habit of calling them every day when you’re in confinement? This is the perfect time to catch up with your friends,” he recommended.
According to the cosmonaut, you should also use this time to “establish a completely different style of communication within the family,” and to pay more attention to children.
He says it’s a good moment to check off items on the to-do list: finally hang a painting on the wall, sort through archives or read a favorite book.
“Take care of this today, because when the quarantine is over, you won’t get round to it again!” he urged.
“Don’t forget your health!” You can let spending all day in an enclosed space impact your fitness,” says Yurchikhin. “That’s why you should do sport,” he added.
You do not need a gym membership to work out “at least twice a day for 30 minutes.” With many yoga or aerobics courses available online, “you can do it at home.”
“If you only see the bad side of quarantine, it will feel like prison,” he said.
“So, approach this situation with humor. “Humor should prolong life and shorten quarantine,” said the cosmonaut.
With information from AFP