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Retired NASA Astronaut Gives Advice For Self Isolation

Retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who spent 665 days on the International Space Station has advice for the people feeling isolated while they self quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. She wants everyone to remember the "bigger purpose" and how we are all "saving lives" by social distancing.

She definitely has learned some skills when it comes to interacting with the same people 24/7 which can be helpful for people at home with their families or significant other day in and day out.

"We call them expeditionary crew skills, but they include things like teamwork in group living, and so recognizing that the team purpose is the most important, and COVID-19 gives us a very higher purpose, much like being in space does, because we are saving lives by quarantining," she said. 

"So it is important to understand that bigger purpose and to embrace that purpose to give you reason and rationale for continuing to put up with the situation."

She says communication is key when it comes to the people you are living with.

"That is the most important thing you have to be able to do," she said. "We always have these ideas that we think we're communicating and we have to make sure that that's actually our intent that's hidden in our head is actually being communicated."

She also recommends doing things you wouldn't normally have time to do.

"So much of our lives these days is so busy and cluttered, and what are the things that you would do if you had more time? Is it to read? Is it maybe to write poetry or do art? What is it that has been the thing that's in the back of your head?" she said.

Watch her full video interview with CBS above!

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