On the bright side though, specialists are able to address this challenge to help seafarers cope up with homesickness. Here are 5 effective ways:
Love your profession and you will eventually enjoy each day doing it.
Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Public Health believes that a homesick person is not literally just missing his home but also what’s normal, what is routine and the larger sense of social space because those are the things that help people survive. So instead of focusing on your loneliness, enjoy your chosen profession. As an old adage say “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Engage in more worthwhile activities.
Most of the vessels nowadays have available recreational activities on board in accordance to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 that contains provisions on conditions of employment, hours of work and rest, accommodation, and recreational facilities among other.
Divert your attention and turn your isolation into a joyful moment by spending your free times on any of the available recreational facilities aboard.
Build rapport and befriend your colleagues.
This will make you establish or at least feel that you have a second family away from home.
Connect with your family as often as possible.
The internet is one of the fastest means to contact and communicate with your loved ones back home. But in case the internet connection is not available amidst the sea, vent your loneliness and longingness in a letter.
Hold on to your faith.
Praying and talking to God is the best weapons to defy all life’s adversities. This and all of the above-mentioned approaches will surely make your seafaring experience worth-remembering.
Resist to give in to the negative effects of homesickness to achieve your future goals. It takes guts and courage to be a seafarer and believing that you can do it will make the journey even more rewarding.
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