wellness at sea

Understanding Fatigue: Why good sleep is important

The amount of sleep we need each day will change over the course of our life. On average an adult aged 18 years or older needs 7–8 hours a day, however, sleep needs vary from person to person. Lack of sleep and poor quality of sleep and rest can cause fatigue, which is considered as the silent risk factor for seafarers.

World Mental Health Day: Suicide of seafarers in the spotlight

Every 40 seconds, someone in the world loses their life to suicide, a figure which could justify a global interest in a greater awareness on mental health issues. On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day 2019 celebrated today, the World Health Organization sheds a focus on suicide prevention.

Building Resilience: Making connections

Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope. Assisting others in their time of need also can benefit the helper.

Key parameters for controlling potable water quality onboard

An effective water management plan is vital for seafarers’ health onboard to ensure that the quality of the potable water follows all hygiene conditions. In this context, there are several important factors that need to be considered in terms of the quality of potable water onboard as well as its effective storage and distribution.

Building Resilience: Maintaining a hopeful outlook

Many people find it easier to focus on what it is wrong in their life instead of envisaging a better future. This is because problems are real, causing an unpleasant situation; however maintaining an optimistic outlook enables everyone to expect that good days are coming.

Building Resilience: Taking Decisive Action

Making decisions is a part of life; either at work place or home, during socializing and adverse situations, all individuals, either consciously or subconsciously, are asked to take decisions. These could be personal or professional, important, radical or with minimum effect to our daily life.

Building Resilience: Change is a part of life

Change is an inevitable part of life. It happens whether we’re ready or not. One of the secrets of living successfully is to learn to handle the changes coming our way. Resistance to acknowledge change is only a temporary band-aid to the situation awaiting us and it could ultimately pose negative results.

10 ways to build resilience

Resilience may be defined as the ability to bounce back from a negative experience with “competent functioning”; in other words to become strong, healthy or successful again after a failure. The approach allows a person to recover from adversity and engage in life with hope and humor despite devastating losses on his/her path.

Steps toward good mental health

Psychological well-being is about both feeling good and functioning well by developing our mind and body in order to have a sense of purpose for our existence. When we feel good about ourselves, we automatically have positive prospects about life as well as positive relations with others. In its latest report on mental health, ISWAN provides helpful advice on how seafarers can have a better life onboard. 

Procedures: How to maintain food hygiene onboard

A healthy food program provides seafarers with the required energy to perform their duties and fight any fatigue symptoms. On the other hand, if not handled properly, food onboard can be a significant cause of diseases. So how crews can ensure the food hygiene onboard? 

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