written by Melissa Firmes
Coping with Life’s Trauma. Advice for those long at sea:
Sometimes, there is no count down as to when the ship will dock. You can’t hide away like a passenger caught in a storm, when you are the captain.
– Pay attention to the horizon.
Know where it is. Look at it often. Stay where you can have a good broad view of the motion. It’s fine to look around slowly. If you are an experienced helmsman, take the wheel and steer by reference to the waves, the clouds and the distant ships and sails you can see.
– Ride the waves.
Don’t sit passively, letting the motion toss you around. Sit upright, keep your head and upper body balanced over your hips with the motion. Once you get the rhythm, it is far less tiring than fighting to hang on.
Tell others when you are not feeling well. Even a small course change can change the amplitude and frequency of the motion in the waves, often with miraculous results.
– Pace yourself.
If you feel well enough, stand up, walk around and develop your sea legs while you find some work to do. When you feel tired, recognize it and stop early. The extreme fatigue could be the matter of several minutes.
Make sure you have identified a few great people you can rely upon. Talk and be with them as much as possible. Sing at the top of your lungs and compare your scars.