Don’t be afraid, but start and try. How to endure isolation
16:09 3 апреля 2020
Категории: News in English
An Arctic and Antarctic explorer and a coordinator of WWF Russia project Boris Solovyov told about advantages of isolation, and how polar explorers adapt to it, as RIA Novosti informs.
Don’t be afraid to slow down.
“Life flows slowly on polar stations”, said Boris Solovyov. – “A long morning, a slow breakfast, polar explorers slowly go to check indicators of devices”.
Find something to do.
According to him, if to do nothing, just to lie down and stay like that, it will be hard. Pomor people played tabletop games, tied and untied knots, made things with their own hands to be busy during long winters on Grumant (Spitsbergen, Svalbard).
Start a new project.
“When we were on a long expedition on an icebreaker, it was a polar night, it was almost dark all day, and it was not possible to do much in the main work – monitoring of animals”, Boris Solovyov explained. – “But it allowed doing thoughtful work, for which usually there is not enough time in the office”.
This is a good time to be busy with a complex, large-scale project that requires concentration.
Try something that didn’t work earlier.
The researcher advises, for example, to start reading literature that seemed too boring and incomprehensible.
“During a polar night on the Northern Sea Route I picked up a book by the traveler Henry Morton, which seemed too slow and boring”, he explained. – “Only on the ship I discovered how beautifully, deeply and interestingly the author wrote”.
Do not quarrel with others.
According to him, many conflicts can happen in closed spaces. There are cases, for example, when a polar explorer comes to the station with his wife, and after a couple of months she leaves him for another, but all three continue to live at the same station.
In such situations there is one radical solution — to desynchronize the schedules: to wake up, when the other goes to sleep, and vice versa. But, according to him, in conditions of a polar day or polar night, it is, of course, easier.
Find something that can make you happy.
“For example, during the expedition I take good coffee and a geyser coffee maker and delicious leaf tea”, said Boris Solovyov.
Observe the day mode.
Usually in urban life the working schedule keeps us in the day mode, but here it needs to build and to form it by own.
Don’t stop looking neat and tidy.
On ships or polar stations there are strict rules and interesting traditions in this regard. For example, it is forbidden to enter the main saloon in work clothes, pajamas, open shoes or without socks. Some stations have a tradition — once a week the entire staff of the station gathers at the table for a formal dinner in official costumes.