Advice from NASA astronauts to cope with quarantine

Can you imagine having to live confined not for a few weeks, but for several months? If you find it difficult to even think about it, this article interests you.

Astronaut work is hard. For long periods of time, they remain “locked” in small spaces, such as a spaceship, unable to go outside for a spin to stretch their legs or have a drink. A reality that inevitably reminds us now of the coronavirus quarantine experienced by citizens of half the planet.

Anne Mcclain is an American astronaut who has been with NASA since 2013. Due to the home isolation imposed in most countries affected by the Covid-19 virus, she has published several tweets that provide us with various tips for coping with quarantine. They are based on a study by the agency on human behavior.

The first message goes like this: “One thing astronauts have to be good at is living confined in confined spaces for long periods of time. Do you find yourself in a similar situation? Here are some keys. I open thread ».

He then tells us about the International Space Station: “20 years of successful life and work (there) don’t happen by accident.” Also the astronaut of the aerospace agency, Peggy Wilson and the psychologist Albert Holland have studied human behaviors to establish which improve coexistence in small groups. Thus, under the name of “expeditionary behaviors”, they have been summarized in five areas: communication, leadership, self-care and of others- and group life.

consejos NASA cuarentena coronavirus

1- Communication
Speak so they understand you clearly. Listen and ask to understand. Actively listen, also non-verbal signals. Resolve possible conflicts, after identifying and discussing them ”; exposes the first of the quarantine tips.

And he continues: “Share information and feelings freely. Before acting, announce your intentions. Use appropriate terminology. When your actions or those of others are not as you expected, discuss them. Take the time to report after a success or conflict. Repeat the messages to make sure they are understood. Admit your mistakes «.

2- Leadership
«Adjust your style to your environment. Assign tasks and set goals. Preach by example. Give direction, information, feedback, training and encouragement. Make sure your teammates have resources. Speak when something is not right. Make questions. It offers solutions, not just problems. “

3- Self-care
In this area, he suggests: «Realistically evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses, and your influence in the group. Learn from mistakes. Identify personal trends and their influence on your success or failure. Be open about your weaknesses and feelings. Take steps to mitigate your own stress or negativity (so you don’t pass it on to the group). Be social. Look for comments. It balances work, rest and personal time «.

4- Caring for others
Also, «it shows patience and respect. Encourage others. Monitor your team for signs of stress or fatigue. Encourage participation in team activities. Develop positive relationships. Volunteer for unpleasant tasks. Offer and accept help. Share credit; take the blame.

5- Group life
Cooperate instead of compete. Actively cultivate group culture (that is, use each individual’s culture to build the whole). Respect roles, responsibilities and workload. Take responsibility; praise freely. Then he works to ensure a positive team attitude. Stay calm in the conflict. ”

This is how the tips for the quarantine shared by Anne Mcclain end. He concludes that with them we will achieve a more successful confinement. But the truth is that they serve not only for these exceptional situations, but for life itself. Don’t you think

Images: NASA.

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