Much of the world has now been placed under strict isolation rules due to the COVID-19 virus, and NASA has shared its tips on how astronauts can survive in the loneliness of space. NASA astronauts have to undergo extreme psychological tests in order to survive on the International Space Station (ISS) and on journeys to celestial bodies such as the Moon.
The most necessary skill the space agency states is communication, and how it is important to talk about what our mental states are going through.
A blog post from NASA reads: “To practice good Communication, share information and feelings freely. Talk about your intentions before taking action. Use proper terminology.
“Discuss when your or others’ actions were not as expected. Take time to debrief after success or conflict.
“Listen, then restate messages to ensure they are understood. Admit when you are wrong.”
Right now, it is important to follow and listen to advice from the government in terms of isolation to minimise the coronavirus outbreak.
However, it is equally important, according to NASA, to show signs of leadership and be ready to give clear instructions to those in need so we are all able to pull through.
NASA said: “To practice good Leadership/Followership, accept responsibility. Adjust your style to your environment. Assign tasks and set goals.
“Lead by example. Give direction, information, feedback, coaching and encouragement. Ensure your teammates have resources. Talk when something isn’t right. Ask questions. Offer solutions, not just problems.”
NASA also highlights the need for both self-care and team care, and how we will all have to look out for one another and be ready to give advice and talk to each other.
Many people will be stuck at home with their family, friends or flatmates for the foreseeable future, and while, in most cases, we enjoy their company, there will come a point when they begin to grate on us, which is natural and acceptable.
NASA concludes: “To practice good Group Living, cooperate rather than compete. Actively cultivate group culture (use each individual’s culture to build the whole). Respect roles, responsibilities and workload. Take accountability; give praise freely. Then work to ensure a positive team attitude. Keep calm in conflict.
“You can be successful in confinement if you are intentional about your actions and deliberate about caring for your team. When we work together, we will continue to be #EarthStrong.”