With more than a third of the world's population confined to their homes to slow the coronavirus pandemic, many are concerned about how long they will be penned up.
Quarantine, however, can be "a good thing" and something "edible", says seasoned Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Jurchikhin.
The 61-year-old, who has made five flights into space on the International Space Station (ISS) for a total of 671 days, says the main thing is to stay positive.
Here are his five tips for surviving the quarantine:
Take a breath
Cosmonauts work on the ISS "in a strange environment, surrounded by metal and plastic," Yurchikhin told AFP.
"There are no trees or plants – except for those used for experiments, but we treat it as if it were our home."
"But you are really at home!"
"Remember that it's really impossible to get out in space" or take a breath. At home you can open the windows or step on the balcony at any time, says the cosmonaut.
"Remember that you have relatives and friends who haven't called you in centuries because you were too busy."
Why don't you get in the habit of calling her every day when you're in detention, said Yurchikhin.
"This is the perfect time to meet your friends."
Yurchikhin urges the quarantine staff to use this time to "establish a completely different style of communication within the family" and to pay more attention to the children.
Now is a good time to check off items on the to-do list: finally hang a painting on the wall, sort the archives or read a book.
"Take care of it today, because if the quarantine is over, you won't be able to do it again!" he urged.
And "Don't forget your health!" he says.
You can spend the whole day in an enclosed space and affect your fitness, says Yurchikhin. "That's why you should do sports."
You do not need a gym membership to exercise "30 minutes at least twice a day". With many yoga or aerobics classes available online, "you can do this at home," he says.
Dismiss it with a laugh
"If you only see the bad side of the quarantine, it will feel like a prison," said Yurchikhin.
"So approach this situation with humor.
"Humor should extend life and shorten quarantine."
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