How to Overcome Self-Doubt and Loneliness in Isolation

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When you’re alone with your thoughts in isolation for weeks on end, it takes its toll. Boredom is one thing, but a lack of social interaction can start to wreak havoc on your sanity and heighten feelings of unease and self-doubt. It’s something thousands of people worldwide have struggled with as COVID-19 hit its peak. In order to get some sage advice on dealing with psychological challenges such as this, we spoke to Felicity Aston, a British polar explorer, expedition leader, and former Antarctic scientist. In 2012, she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica as she journeyed 1,084 miles over 59 days, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Here, she talks about the mental toll of that experience. — as told to Wesley Grover

How to Overcome Isolation and Self-Doubt, According to Polar Explorer Felicity Aston

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