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Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be About Building Healthy Habits!

Hey Everyone! Happy New Year! Welcome to the first of many blogs of 2024. I wanted to talk about Resolutions and how the concept can help us work on ourselves.

I've never been one for a New Year's resolution but this year I want to use the idea of a resolution to help build new healthy habits.

Creating a routine, that drives me to focus on what's important, Health, mindfulness and educational growth. Those three things for you will mean something different than for me. To achieve these in the coming year I want to try and take on some new healthy habits.

What is a Healthy Habit?

An activity in which you make time to be present with yourself. This can be arduous to do onboard, but it is doable.

1. Head Space

Take 20-30 minutes either at the beginning of your day or at the end, to have some headspace, which could include but is not limited to:

  • Reading a book you love

  • Listening to a podcast

  • Going for a walk

  • Have your morning coffee off the boat.

  • A yoga Session

  • Call a friend.

This is something I used to be good at, but in the last six months, I have struggled with. This is the first of my new Healthy Habits to take on in 2024.

2. Organise your Time

The reason we are on these incredible yachts is to work. It's our job, few industries require us as humans to live at work. Separate your time, between boat time and YOU time. It's an incredibly hard thing to balance, especially the higher you climb on the leadership ladder, the work gets more and your time is less.

Boat time is for everything from practical jobs on deck to answering your emails. Your time should be for what you love. This is important, if all of our time is for the boat, then there is no room for you as a person outside of your job. We see it time and again throughout the industry, the cultural norm of work hard play hard which over longer periods can result in crew Burnout.

Your own time is for whatever makes you happy;

  • playing a sport with other crews

  • running

  • exploring a new city

  • Watching Netflix

  • Writing a Blog

  • Baking (If your chef lets you in the Galley)

  • Meditating

  • Journaling

  • Learn a Language

A Girl on the Coast of Lanzarote on a run.
Final Run of 2023
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us ." – J R Tolkien

3. Just Say "Yes"

This is a big one for me. I'm often the first to say No, out of fear, self-doubt, or lack of confidence. I want to be better at saying Yes.

I plan to start with the little things, saying yes to the following;

  • when someone asks if I want to come for a Run Just do it.

  • Not ignoring my Yoga App notifications.

  • Investing in myself- Growing the blog.

  • Travel opportunities- seeing more of the world.

My 2024 Goal is Healthy Habits and Less Stress.

When I sit down to write the blog it is my 20 minutes of Headspace as I often write about issues or topics that I have experienced. I hope that yacht crew reading this post can take away the importance of self-care, if we aren't happy within ourselves whilst onboard, we aren't an effective part of the team. If you've enjoyed reading the blogs up until now, Let me know, Leave a comment, Drop me a message on Instagram or use the Contact Us section on the website.

As always, keep smiling, laughing and loving the sea xo

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