Submariners are experts at isolating with them regularly spending months under the water, never surfacing and with only very limited contact with the outside world while away on duty.
Sub lieutenant Andrew Rose, a qualified submariner who recently patrolled with HMS Artful, said: ‘Get a routine and stick to it. There’s plenty we could do in the house such as cleaning, exercising, contacting family or friends, learn a new skill and so on.
‘Also, remember that, just like being at sea, isolation won’t last forever. Have something to look forward to and try not to get too downhearted. Think of the things you and your friends will be able to do once it’s all over.’
He added: ‘I was very lucky to have a good crew with some excellent people I could have a laugh with. If I ever did feel down, I know I could talk to them about it. It helps to keep busy too because it keeps your mind focused.’
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