5 Ways to Keep Quarantine-Weary Learners Engaged In Training

It’s the start of June. That means it’s been 12 weeks since the Coronavirus pandemic sent most knowledge workers home to work remotely. We’ve been taking Zoom meetings, working out of bedrooms, commuting to the living room and trying to take care of our families during work hours for two months, and while some states are beginning to re-open, most workers are still at home.

For some, things are starting to get tense. Why? According to psychologists, we’re in what’s called the third quarter, and it’s not pretty. Third quarter phenomenon is the part of any confinement when isolation begins to feel unbearable; it was discovered in the 1980s when astronauts spent long periods of time in space — the first two quarters of a trip were fine, but the third quarter, when astronauts weren’t quite at the end of their spaceflight was marked by resentments, loneliness, and depression. The same has been found of scientists on long tours in Antartica. The third quarter of isolation — no matter how long the stay is — is the hardest.

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