A life on the ocean is an exciting prospect, and those in yacht crew jobs enjoy an unpredictable life of adventure and travel. On the flip side, the very things that make yacht employees’ lives so thrilling are also the same reasons they can quickly feel burnt out.
There are times when even the most cool and collected crew member starts to get stressed: itineraries are prone to change and last minute guests often arrive with various dietary requirements, leading crews to become experts at expecting the unexpected.
All this thinking on your feet can become exhausting; but fear not, there are ways to stay Zen on board. Just follow this yacht crew advice and you’ll feel more relaxed than the guests to whom you serve champagne cocktails:
Get Enough Sleep
It can be tempting to burn the candle at both ends when working on a yacht, and you may feel that sleeping means you’re missing out. However, even skipping a few hours sleep raises your stress hormones the following day and makes you less psychologically equipped to deal with challenges.
On a positive note, all that physical work you do means you’ll certainly sleep well if you make the time for it! Try and prioritise napping during your breaks and catch up on real sleep when the guests leave.
Eating healthily onboard can seem like a challenge with the availability of sumptuous international cuisine prepared by world-class chefs.
The food is usually high quality and healthy so if you make some informed choices and cut out the endless fizzy drinks and cups of coffee (which do nothing to ease your stress levels), you’ll soon feel healthier and more energised. Forgetting to stay hydrated can be a problem when you’re busy completing task after task, so remember to drink plenty of water.
It is proven that meditating boosts one’s immune system and calms one’s mind.
The simple act of finding a tranquil space and taking 5-10 minutes out of your day to close your eyes and quiet your mind will have many benefits.
Being mindful of your breathing allows fresh oxygenated blood to access your brain for clearer thoughts, while simultaneously reducing your heart rate.
Exercise isn’t just about keeping fit and working on your physique; it’s also good practice for your mental health. Aside from rough seas and bad weather, there are no excuses for not having a workout routine.
While crewmembers are lucky enough to do physical exercise as part of their jobs, it is important to get the heart pumping for a sustained period. If you’re on a motor yacht, you may have an onboard gym or a captain who is generous enough to let you borrow water sports equipment.
Of course, if those options aren’t available, you can do some sit-ups, squats, push-ups and crunches in your cabin; alternatively, use a skipping rope outside on deck.
When docked, you’ll find marinas offer a range of facilities, such as high-tech gyms, swimming pools and bike hire.
Change your Attitude
While all of the above actions will help you foster a more positive outlook on life, it does not mean you shouldn’t actively try to change your thought patterns for a healthier mental outlook. Next time you feel overwhelmed, try to see the bigger picture and be grateful for the good things in your life such as your family, your amazing overseas journey and your new friends onboard. These friends can also be an uplifting influence and help put things into perspective. The cliché about laughter being the best form of medicine is true, so learning not to take things so seriously can really lighten your mood.