Ahoy- hoy mateys, it feels like its about 1 billion years since we went into lockdown and, although rules look like they're easing, we know that life can be tough for our shipmates out there.
So, in honour of Mental Health Week (which this year is more important than ever), we have compiled a list on how to beat the lockdown blues.
1. Mindfullness apps
Whether you're a self confessed 'yogie' or a first timer - meditation and mindfullness could be your way out of this endless lockdown cycle. There's so many virtual ways to help get you through this tough time, check them out on the app store:
Calm - paid for or free, there are a number of areas in which this handy app can help you. From reducing stress to helping you sleep more, go through a series of exercises and Calm will lead you out of the dark tunnel of lockdown towards the light at the end. www.calm.com
MindShine - with a number of 4 week plans and over 150 exercises, this free app allows you to escape the grey cloud of the COVID crisis. One of their methods - which we particularly like, is envisaging you a previous/ future holiday. Recalling positive memories (such as a past travel experiences, where one felt completely peaceful, happy and at ease sipping on a coconut in the sun) has positive effect on one's well-being - this app explores the power of memory. www.mindshine.app/
There are also a number of YouTube videos on mindfullness, the key is finding the creator that helps you the most. It's a case of trial and error but once you find that perfect fit, it can help you mentally and physically.
2. Reach out
There are a lot of shipmates out there sailing solo during this crisis, if you know someone who lives alone, then reach out to them. Be it a Zoom call, a Facetime with a cuppa or just a text message, it can mean the world of difference to someone facing endless weeks at home alone.
3. Those who are still here to help
We here at HolidayPirates realise that staying at home is more than a challenge for some, it's potentially dangerous. Be it with a volatile partner or an abusive family member, there are people out there to help you. If you do not feel safe about reaching out to a charity there are tips that the police have issued such as anyone who feels afraid of being overheard when dialling ‘999’, listen to the questions from the phone operator, respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can and press ‘55’.
Below are a list of charities and organisations that can also help you:
Women's Aid: www.womensaid.org.uk
For help and advice: https://chayn.co
Area specific charities:
Advance (West London): www.advancecharity.org.uk
Nia (Hackney): www.niaproject.info
Solace (North London): www.solacewomensaid.org
HALT (Leeds): www.halt.org.uk
The Haven (Wolverhampton): www.havenrefuge.org.uk
Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre (Wales): www.familycrisis.co.uk
There are loads more options out there too...
Not a victim but fancy like supporting? Visit any of the links above to find out how to donate or help in charity drives.
If it's all starting to feel like it's all too much then there people out there to help. Whether it's to offer a shoulder to cry on or just someone to rant to... you are NOT alone. Reach out to others anonymously if you need to.
Remember Pirate, you are not alone. We are all in this together and life will return to normal soon. Big love from your Pirate crew xx