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Increase your quality of life

Mentoring

Personalised mentoring sessions for seafarers (55 minutes)

Contact

Online video call (Skype, WhatsApp...) or telephone. English and Spanish

Rates

EUR and USD accepted. Lower rates for sets of sessions

Flexibility

All session rates allow flexibility of use and do not expire

Stress and anxiety on board ships

Working at sea offers numerous benefits, however, seafarers belong to one of the professional groups that are most at risk from work-related stress . In fact, it is highly likely that at some stage during their career they will experience anxiety or an anxiety-related disorder. This may compromise the seafarer's ability to respond in an emergency and increase the risk of incidents or the environmental impact on the marine ecosystem. The consequences of this may also remain with them once they have disembarked, diminishing their quality of life even during their time off, and triggering unease around the imminent approach of a new contract.

Causes

These are the psychosocial factors most likely to generate stress on board ships:

  • Being separated from loved ones for lengthy periods
  • Conflicts with work colleagues, loneliness and social isolation
  • Stressors in the marine environment: claustrophobia, sea conditions, noise, lack of natural light, etc.
  • Stressors at work: monotony, authoritarian leadership, working under pressure, etc.
  • Port inspections
  • Fatigue and lack of proper outdoor exercise
  • Insufficiently varied diets
  • Lack of good quality sleep
  • Few recreational opportunities
  • Sharing one's personal and professional life in the same environment

Symptoms and Consequences

Cognitive

Associated with our thoughts, emotions and rumination:

  • Lack of motivation, lack of interest
  • Racing thoughts
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Low self-esteem
  • Restlessness and impatience
  • Insecurity, fear or dread
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Inability to take decisions
  • Mental blocks
  • Memory loss
  • Constant excessive worry
  • Despair
  • Helplessness
  • Sadness, low spirits
  • All of these factors, if they become progressively worse over time, can lead to other disorders, including depression

Physiological

As a result of the activity of the different organic systems of the human body:

  • Fatigue, endless tiredness
  • Intestinal and/or stomach problems
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Hyperventilation
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Tachycardia
  • Trembling
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscular tension and contractures
  • Nervousness
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Chronic stress can give rise to serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cerebrovascular accidents, as well as an impaired immune system and greater susceptibility to illness

Behavioural

Behaviours observable as a result of the combined cognitive and physiological activity:

  • Isolation in interaction with other crew members
  • Substance abuse (coffee, alcohol, tobacco, etc.)
  • Reduced efficiency at work
  • Increase in violent behaviour
  • Refusal to follow instructions from superiors
  • Repetition of the same mistakes
  • Absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Unhealthy and irregular eating
  • In extreme circumstances all of these factors can contribute to a seafarer committing serious crimes or, at worst, to committing suicide

Sea Wellbeing's aim is to lower the levels of stress and anxiety of seafarers, improve their quality of life and increase their productivity

Personalised online mentoring sessions

Sesiones de Mentoring Online Personalizadas

Each individual reacts differently to situations of stress, depending on when, where and how they arise, and on the individual's own personal circumstances. Accordingly, all sessions are designed taking into account the profile of the individual seafarer and their needs at that precise vital moment.

At each session, our mentors share their knowledge, experiences and skills , they pose key questions to the mentee and provide them with the necessary techniques so that they can learn to self-manage, thereby ensuring maximum effectiveness in the shortest possible time.

To guarantee the best results, all of the tools provided have a cognitive-behavioural approach. These techniques have been scientifically recognised as being the most effective worldwide for managing the symptoms of stress and anxiety, with a success rate of around 80% according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Additionally, this approach is enhanced with tools from other disciplines, with the aim to bring about a complete change in people, increase their capacity for self-control and confidence, and develop the appropriate skills to cope with life on board in the best possible way.

These are some of the techniques used in our sessions:

Cognitive techniques

  • Cognitive restructuring of irrational thoughts
  • Distraction techniques
  • Thought-stopping
  • Self-instructions
  • Problem-solving techniques
  • Cognitive defusion (Deliteralization)

Physiological techniques

  • Physical relaxation
  • Mental relaxation
  • Meditation, Mindfulness
  • Guided visualization
  • Systematic desensitisation
  • Biofeedback techniques
  • Neurofeedback techniques

Behavioural techniques

  • New generation techniques (Acceptance and commitment (ACT), Transdiagnostic (TCBT), etc.)
  • Training in social skills
  • Self-control
  • Modelling
  • Exposure
  • Behavioural activation (BA)

Individual mentoring sessions are not designed, nor do they seek, to take the place of therapies prescribed by mental health specialists (psychologists or psychiatrists)