Cruising Life : This Is Not Normal – What To Do? Some Useful Advice From A Professional Life Coach

With its flight cancellations, travel bans, border closures, quarantines, self-isolating measures, virus tests, no sail orders and cancelled and curtailed voyages, booking a cruise or sea voyage today can be an absolute obstacle course of uncertainty. Canada has just banned all cruise ships from its waters until February 28, 2022, and this means ships can’t sail to Alaska either. So here is some advice for you: for 2021:

Try to book a cruise or sea travel for 2021 and experience some or all of the above! 

London Heathrow Airport in June 2020 during Covid-19

Book a cruise or sea travel for 2022, avoid all of today’s turmoil, put your feet up, relax and look forward to next year. There is a lot to be said for this approach. As one of our clients told us recently, she prefers to book far in advance in order to be able to look forward to enjoyable things to come.

In search of the Northern Lights, 12 nights from £3,690. The 930-berth Viking Venus leaves London January 12, 2022, for Bergen via Stavanger, Bodo, Tromso Alta and Narvik. Apply to The Cruise People for more details.


Anna M.Iwata

Consult our recommended life and happiness coach ANNA M. IWATA, who specialises in holistic stress management and in helping people to live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives.

Anna is a fellow avid traveller, who has lived in five countries, visited over sixty and is multilingual. Her passion for travel and adventure started at the tender age of 4 and she is very familiar with international travel, cultures and customs. As a Japan and Asia expert, she runs a private life coaching and consultancy practice – Zen Men Coaching, Consultancy and Club, where she assists both individual and corporate clients with their mental and emotional well-being needs.

Just like all of us, Anna can’t wait for the pandemic to be over and to resume her travels in late 2021 and 2022. Here, she shares with us her five simple and practical tips to stress-proof and to soothe your Body, Mind and Spirit during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

NUMBER 1 – PRACTISE GRATITUDE. Start and finish each day by expressing your gratitude for everything you have in your life right now. Taking the time to acknowledge what is good in your life can make a significant difference to your mindset and mood. This little daily ritual is very important and beneficial for lifting your spirit and for activating the feel good hormones in your body. Be grateful for your health, your family, friends, the roof over your head, food in the fridge, clean drinking water, your job, your garden, nature, our wonderful doctors and nurses, your pet – anyone and anything that is close to your heart and that you value and appreciate. Sadly, in our Western society we take so much for granted and due to our normally busy and hectic lives, we simply forget how lucky we are to enjoy what we have. How you practise gratitude is totally up to you. You may want to include a few sentences in your prayers and thank God (if you are religious), the Universe or just write things down in a gratitude journal or on your phone. Enjoy this quiet, private moment each day, because as Buddha said, ” Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”

NO-FLY CRUISES THIS SUMMER. For those who want to travel sooner than 2022 we have a limited number of cabins available in July and August 2021 on the 272-berth tall ship Golden Horizon. Operated by Tradewind Cruises, the Golden Horizon will offer round voyages from Harwich on July 24 (11 nights from £2,199) to Stavanger, Leirvik, Sognefjord, Skjolden, Bergen & Haugesund; August 4 (10 nights from £2,299) to Cowes, Dartmouth, Falmouth, St Mary’s, St Peterport & St Helier; August 14 (7 nights from £1,399) to Stavanger, Hardangerfjord, Odda, & Rosendal; and August 21 (7 nights from £1,449) to Skagen, Aalborg, Copenhagen & Fredrikshaven. All cabins are outside. Two longer 21-night voyages are also available on June 12 and July 3, 2021. Apply to The Cruise People for more details.

NUMBER – 2 – DO DAILY ACTIVITIES AND LEARN NEW SKILLS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPIRIT. With more free time on our hands than ever before, this is a great chance to either revisit an old project, hobby or pastime and/or learn something brand new. Challenge yourself, leave your comfort zone for a while and just get curious and creative. How about taking an online language course that will prove helpful on your next holiday or writing a book on a topic that you like or even a personal memoir? How about taking the time to research your family tree or your next holiday destination and find interesting and unusual places that are not on a typical tourist trail ? Our brain loves and needs a challenge and the more complex something is the better -not just for now, but also as a preventative measure against dementia.

NUMBER – 3 – DIY ECOTHERAPHY. It goes without saying that nature is our best friend and we should make it our personal mission to do whatever is in our power to treasure and protect our planet. The current pandemic made many people finally realise how much we rely on nature – not just for our physical health, but also for our mental well-being. Therefore, any outdoor activity, even for just 30 minutes a day (walking, running, gardening, looking after wildlife, growing and picking your own fruits, veg and herbs, volunteering for an outdoor project etc)is a fantastic mood-booster. It lowers your stress level, and keeps you healthy, fit and motivated.

NUMBER 4 – PRIORITISE SELF-CARE. It’s no secret that self-care is still a rather misunderstood concept and viewed by many as selfish, unnecessary and time and money consuming. However, it’s absolutely vital, especially when experiencing high stress, overwhelm, change and loss. Giving yourself permission to stop, rest, relax and just concentrate on your own needs for a while in order to top up your energy bank, should not be seen as a luxury, but a daily necessity. If you don’t take care and nourish your body and mind on a regular basis, you’ll not only be unable to live a long, happy and productive life, but you’ll also be unable to take proper care of your family and be of service to others. From the fresh, healthy and nutritious foods and drinks you consume, which have a huge impact not just on our physical body but also on your mental health and well-being to the precious “me time” that you spend reading your favourite book, having a massage, meditating, exercising, getting good quality, adequate sleep, taking time out to invest in your self-improvement and most importantly – to fostering close and warm relationships with people around you. This mindful downtime is the best insurance policy for your body, mind and spirit, so aim to find the time during the day to do something nice and uplifting for yourself – without ever feeling guilty about it, so repeat after me: I give myself permision to switch off and read my favourite book, (and if you live in a busy household, let your loved ones know that for example every afternoon for 30 minutes you are not to be disturbed as you are doing a special activity just for yourself and let them understand and respect your wish). If you live on your own and feel lonely, try to reach out to people who have similar interests and don’t be afraid to share your feelings and ask for help. Love travelling ? Why not chat to a fellow traveller and enjoy the company of a like-minded person?

NUMBER 5 – HAVE A POSITIVE MINDSET AND WORK ON YOUR RESILIENCE SKILLS. As we all know, the history of humanity is full of brutal and long wars, famine, natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics and economic crushes – and yet each time, with our in-built survival and resilience skills we have managed to restart, rebuild and move on with our lives. Each generation had its own sets of challenges and difficulties, but one thing remains universal – those with a positive, resilient and adaptable mindset have always been better equipped to survive and bounce back from whatever hardship came their way. Try and develop a “This Too Shall Pass” mindset and let go of things that you are unable to control, and always remember that after every dark and stormy night, the sun will eventually come out and greet us. We are always stronger than we think we are, so keep calm, stay positive, be patient and flexible and do your bit for the post-Covid recovery effort.

Get your vaccine done when called, wear your mask, keep your distance and support businesses so they can carry on offering you their valuable services. From putting a deposit on a holiday/cruise to buying your books or bread from your local high street shop -be part of an epic world recovery initiative that will require both local and global solidarity. We all need each other more than ever before, so please make sure that you are on board. Each and every one of us can do something kind, compassionate and helpful for another human being, no matter how small it is.

And finally, in the words of Winston Churchill,”Never, never, never give up”and as Captain Sir Tom Moore said, believe and trust that “Tomorrow will be a good day” and so, we shall and we will travel and explore our beautiful world again shortly. 

— Anna M. Iwata, Founder, Zen Men Coaching, Consultancy & Club, February 8, 2021

IF YOU WISH TO HAVE A CHAT WITH ANNA AND BOOK A SESSION, SHE CAN BE CONTACTED by email at or by phone: +44 (0)7531 551 323. Anna offers a free 30-minute session to all fellow travellers and thereafter a special offer of sessions at £50 per hour (reduced from £65) for Cruise People customers and friends. Her website is :

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