Like all goalkeepers, Cardiff City’s Alex Smithies is used to a certain amount of isolation.
But the club’s last line of defence admits that the current lockdown is testing even his ability to be self-reliant and self-sustaining.
Fortunately, as with most footballers, Smithies has experience of overcoming difficult circumstances and has developed a single-mindedness that is serving him well as a professional sportsman in a world without sport.
And he has some words of advice for those stuck at home, trying to keep both mind and body intact in these most difficult days.
Developing resilience, says the 30-year-old Yorkshireman, is about learning from past experiences, keeping a positive mind-set, and finding comfort in routine.
Nine years ago, when he was just 21 and making his way at his home town club, Huddersfield, Smithies suffered a serious knee injury which he feared might wreck his dreams of a career in football even before it had hardly begun.
“I was out for 11 months, with two knee operations,” he recalls. “I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to play again.
“It was a very testing time. The outcome was very unclear. I hadn’t built up much of a career behind me at that time and I really wasn’t sure what was next for me.
“Certainly, I had to show some resilience and character to come back from that. In sport you are tested regularly – whether it’s a loss of form or an injury, or not knowing where your future lies.
“We have all been tested at times in our lives and people are being really tested now in different ways.
“This is a very difficult time for everyone in the UK and people are being tested like never before. But I think the strength of character of British people is really showing through at the moment.”