Imagine you are at sea, surrounded by nothing but clear blue sky, a gentle breeze, and crystal-clear sea. Soothing, isn't it? It's moments like these that make sailing so similar to meditation, allowing you to spend some quality time with yourself and enjoy some much-needed peace.
But there are other similarities, too. Both activities will require you to find the right balance and then focus on how to maintain it. Both activities also require strength and stamina, both mentally and physically, if you are to be successful.
This is why sailing is so good for bringing peace and tranquillity into your life, so go ahead and charter a vessel if you need some quality relaxation. Here's how to make the most of it!
Physical benefits of sailing
As mentioned earlier, sailing can be good for you from a physical point of view. Since you have to constantly lift the sails, your overall strength and endurance will increase, especially when it comes to your back and shoulder muscles.
But this is just the beginning. Being at sea and sailing also means that your body needs a lot of oxygen. As a result, your cardiovascular health will improve a lot, not to mention that the extra pounds will just melt away.
Activities on a sailboat will also improve your coordination and your motor skills, as you will have to maintain stability in relatively challenging conditions. Furthermore, moving around the boat can help you improve your spatial awareness. These improved skills will also come in very handy when you find yourself back on dry land. As a matter of fact, they can come in very handy when doing everyday activities such as driving a car or anything else that requires hand-eye coordination.
But that's just one set of benefits you can expect, as better physical fitness also benefits your mental state. Obviously, to be able to perform all the tasks while sailing, focus and concentration are the most important prerequisites. And if you're a part of a multi-person crew, you will also learn how to communicate better, which can be of great importance in your daily work, especially if you're in a management position. This also results in improved decision-making, as you will often have to make split-second decisions on board.
Last but not least, in order to keep things running smoothly, you will have to learn how to be organized, which is another thing that can help you in your daily life.
Making the most of your sailing experience
These days, it's pretty difficult to avoid stress, especially if you're living in a big city and really don't have a lot of time for yourself. Therefore, it's absolutely vital that you use your sailing vacation in the best possible way so that you can return to your familiar feeling renewed and relaxed.
You can do loads of things to ensure this, from all kinds of sailing exercises and workouts to doing yoga on the boat. Here are a few things you really should make a part of the experience.
Get up early
There's nothing quite as calming as waking up early in the morning when most people are still asleep, making yourself a nice cup of coffee and then sitting on the deck of your boat and just soaking in the world around you. It's incredibly calming and can make you feel like you're the only person in the world. Enjoy!
Try a meditation app
Yes, sailing and meditating go hand in hand, and there are several great apps you can download before you take off that will help you relax and calm down. No distractions, just salty fresh air and pristine nature all around you. Just don't forget your headphones!
Now, this may seem a bit unexpected to you, but if your boat has enough space where you can put your mat, you can do yoga on it. You may choose to do this because you need some exercise, or because you want to focus on breathing techniques and explore the connection between your body and your mind. Besides, if you find yourself in a marina of a bigger city, you can search for a yoga studio there and get a class or two before taking off again.
Yoga and sailing have quite a lot in common as they both require you to adapt to different conditions around you (sailing) and in your mind (yoga). There's also the fact that you need to learn how to deal with things you cannot change and then make the most of them in both cases. So, whether you're a yoga beginner or a true expert, a sailing trip is great if you want to try out some poses.
Naturally, a sailing trip is an excellent opportunity to catch up on your reading. With nobody to bother you and just the sound of the sea, you can fully immerse yourself in a novel or find your new favourite book.
Take a moment or two one evening to lie down on the deck of your boat and lookup. If the sky is clear, what you see will be pretty magical. And combined with the sound of the waves gently splashing against your hull, it can be rather romantic, too.
Find some good company
Sometimes, though, the best choice can be to bring your friends along for loads of laughs and a great time. Maybe bring your significant other on a sailing trip, too. A few drinks, lots of sunshine and good company are often the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable holiday!
Sailing can be a fantastic way to escape everyday life's stress and to take a moment to enjoy life and to be amazed at the beauty of nature. This is how you set up some quality me-time and recharge your batteries. The feeling of peace and serenity you get this way is quite hard to describe, so best you check it out for yourself.
However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't have any company with you. Perhaps hanging out with your friends is just what the doctor ordered. And if you're taking that special someone with you, the trip can be incredibly romantic.