Life aboard a superyacht is can be exciting. However, the demanding nature of the job can sometimes give rise to anxiety among crew members. Identifying the triggers that contribute to onboard anxiety and learning effective strategies to manage emotions is crucial for maintaining a positive and harmonious working environment. In this article, we will explore common triggers for onboard anxiety and provide practical tips on how to cope.

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Understanding Triggers For Anxiety

(And Coping Strategies)

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1. Isolation and Limited Personal Space: The close quarters of a superyacht can lead to a sense of isolation and limited personal space. Crew members may feel overwhelmed by the constant presence of colleagues and the absence of private time.

Coping Strategy: Schedule dedicated personal time when off duty. Utilise crew spaces thoughtfully and establish open communication with colleagues about the importance of personal space if you’re feeling a bit too crowded.

2. High-Stakes Responsibilities: The responsibilities associated with operating and maintaining a superyacht can be overwhelming. The pressure to deliver flawless service, especially during high-profile charters, can lead to you feel pressured.

Coping Strategy: Break down tasks into manageable steps, prioritise effectively, and communicate openly with your team. Embrace a mindset that acknowledges that mistakes happen, and they are opportunities for learning and improvement

3. Unpredictable Schedules: The dynamic nature of the yachting industry often means unpredictable schedules, irregular working hours, and the need to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

Coping Strategy: Establish a routine when possible, practice time management skills, and focus on adopting a flexible attitude. Take time to recharge both physically and mentally.

4. Challenges in Team Dynamics: Conflicts or misunderstandings among crew members can contribute to a tense atmosphere onboard. A lack of effective communication and teamwork can exacerbate feelings of anxiety.

Coping Strategy: Foster open communication, encourage teamwork, and address conflicts promptly.

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Other triggers

A list of anxiety triggers includes but is not limited to:

1. Uncertain Future: It’s easy to start worrying about the future and whether or not you have a plan, and if you’ve ‘done enough’.

Coping Strategy: Focus on the present moment and break down future concerns into actionable steps. Develop a realistic plan to address uncertainties.

2. Financial Concerns: Having to manage finances by yourself can be daunting.

Coping Strategy: Create a budget, prioritise spending, and seek professional financial advice if needed. Focus on small, achievable financial goals.

3. Relationship Challenges: Missing the ones you love can be difficult at times.

Coping Strategy: Foster open communication, seek compromise, and consider relationship counseling if needed. Prioritise self-care and individual well-being.

What Else Can I Do?

There are certain things you can do to reduce the severity of any anxious emotions you may be experiencing. These include:

  • Reducing caffeine intake
  • Keeping a journal
  • Trying to maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Reflecting on past experiences
  • Talking to someone
  • Making time to exercise
  • Listening to your body

What About Seeking Professional Health?

Of course, seeking professional help is always an option if onboard anxiety is getting too much – or if you just need someone to talk to.

Engaging in therapy with a professional can be immensely worthwhile as it offers a safe and confidential space to explore and address personal challenges. A therapist can provide objective insights, evidence-based strategies, and customised support to help you navigate emotional struggles and develop effective coping mechanisms.

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