A former NASA astronaut has revealed how to avoid arguments with your family while spending time with them at close quarters during lockdown.
Scott Kelly, 56, spent a total of 520 days on the International Space Station, with his longest mission lasting 340 days, and shared his advice on how to cope with isolation – including how to avoid arguments with the people you’re quarantined with.
He appeared on Good Morning Britain via video link from his home in Houston and told that it’s important to realise that ‘everyone is vulnerable’ at this time, and while it’s important to support them – you have to air your grievances to avoid ‘blowing up’
This comes after Boris Johnson outlined emergency measures designed to tackle the spread of coronavirus , including demanding the immediate closure of all non-essential shops and promising fines for people who do not ‘stay at home’.
Scott Kelly, 56, (pictured) spent a total of 520 days on the space station, with his longest mission lasting 340 days and shared his advice on how to cope with isolation
The former NASA astronaut has revealed how to avoid arguments with your family while spending time with them during self-isolation
When quizzed by host Lorraine Kelly on how to avoid conflict with family during self-isolation, he said: ‘The people you’re quarantined with, try and help each other out.
‘Raise them up, but realise we will all handle things differently, we’re all feeling vulnerable.
‘Speak if something is bothering you, if you wait and sit on it it will blow up and that’s not a great place to be.’
He went on to emphasis the importance of maintaining a routine while in quarantine, and told that taking care of your environment is imperative – advising the public to ‘treat their homes like the space centre’.
He appeared on Good Morning Britain via video link from his home in Houston and told that it’s important to realise that ‘everyone is vulnerable’ at this time
‘On the space station, we had to have this routine that was incredibly controlled and I think you need that structure, scheduling time to take care of yourself. We had time in the morning and time in the evening to take care of your environment.
‘On the space station, it is very easy for bacteria to spread, very similar to the situation we are in now. We need to think of our houses and our flats as our space station.
‘So we so need to schedule time to connect with people outside your environment, exercise is important getting outside and getting the right amount of light and all these things will make the days go quicker.’
This comes as the NHS writes to 1.5 million of the most at risk people in England urging them to stay home for 12 weeks to protect themselves from coronavirus.
When quizzed by host Lorraine Kelly (middle) on how to avoid conflict with family during self-isolation, he said: ‘The people you’re quarantined with, try and help each other out’
He went on to emphasis the importance of maintaining a routine while in quarantine, and told that taking care of your environment is imperative
Kelly previously said the one thing he missed the most during his year on the ISS was being able to go outside, particularly the smell, sound and sights of nature.
He told people should also, have a hobby, keep a journal, binge-watch TV series and ‘get plenty of sleep’ when forced to stay indoors.
While he was on the ISS with other astronauts, there are only six people in the crew, so Kelly has more experience of being cut off from the rest of the world than most.
He told the New York Times, :’I actually started to crave nature – the color green, the smell of fresh dirt, and the feel of warm sun on my face.’
‘You don’t need to work out two and a half hours a day, as astronauts do, but getting moving once a day should be part of your quarantine schedule (just stay at least six feet away from others),’ he added.
As part of the self-isolation and social distancing measures introduced in the UK people have been urged to remain 6ft apart where possible.If they are not in quarantine due to symptoms it is ok to go for a walk.
Even people in household quarantine – where a family member has symptoms even if they don’t – it is still ok to go out – but people should avoid direct contact with others while outside.