Following a recent poll on social media, it appears that the majority of The Crew Coach community are in self-isolation/quarantine and are very concerned about their futures and for their family back home.
To support crew further during this difficult time, The Crew Coach will be launching free resources on social media as well as through our email broadcasts.
As we know loneliness can be detrimental to our mental health, in particular it can fuel symptoms of depression and anxiety. We are going through a challenging time and are faced with the adversity that comes with uncertainty. Please be aware that it is normal to experience feelings of anxiousness or depression during this time. It is also imperative to be mindful of individuals who have pre-existing mental health conditions as their symptoms can be aggravated further.
We are innately social beings, not only do we crave the need for connectedness and belonging but they are considered to be our most basic human survival needs. Having worked with clients who have had to undergo forced segregation and not having their needs met the physical and psychological effects were harrowing to witness. If the right intervention isn’t available for these individuals who are experiencing feelings of loneliness or distress the consequences can be grave. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As a result of these unprecedented times and to maintain psychological well-being on board, The Crew Coach has released 50% off counselling services for crew who are going through self-isolation. Although you may be self-isolating with your crew members it can still be a lonely experience. As such this is a time where it is absolutely paramount to stay connected to friends and loved ones.
If you're self-isolating (thank you), or unwell, or just spending as much time in as possible, the team has created a few tips below to assist you through this period.
Text and call more!
Don’t underestimate the importance of your existing relationships. Although you may be self-isolating with your crew members it can still be a lonely experience. As such, this is a time where it is absolutely paramount to stay connected to friends and loved ones. Connect with those you care about but do so mindfully. Don’t focus your conversations solely on the Coronavirus, this can add to the angst and stress that either of you is experiencing. Make a conscious effort to talk about other topics, such as your self-care strategies, great reads or Netflix shows, your dreams and goals…
Set up virtual meetings
Use the great features that social media has on offer such as video conferencing and have group hangouts with your old crew members whether they are near or far. With the busy nature of the industry, this is not normally feasible, so take advantage of having time to reconnect!
Download the @happycrewapp and expand your social network!
@happycrewapp exist specifically to combat social isolation and bring crew together who share similar interests and hobbies. A great way to develop meaningful and purposeful relationships without having to go anywhere!
Reach out for support
You don’t need to do this alone. It is normal to experience feelings of anxiousness or depression and for individuals who have pre-existing mental health conditions their symptoms can be aggravated further. Asking for help is not a weakness but rather a demonstration of strength of character. During this difficult time, I have discounted my counselling service to 50% off! So you don’t need to think twice about asking for help.
Click here to claim your discount using the promo code ‘beatingcorona’. Yacht Management Companies, HODs and crew are welcome to distribute this discount amongst their network.
Be kind to yourself and others and take care, everyone!