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Alex Thomson on going it alone

Record-breaking skipper Alex Thomson is no stranger to isolation. Sailing solo around the globe for months aboard the HUGO BOSS yacht, he has first-hand experience making the very best of being alone. To guide us at this time, he shares notes of positivity and wisdom gained at sea. “I’ve learned to separate loneliness and isolation. There is a difference,” Alex says. “When I’m on my own at sea, I feel very isolated. But how could I possibly feel lonely when I have my family, my friends, my team all at home, thinking about me? It’s easier when we’re able to separate those two emotions.”

"Time alone can give you an entirely new perspective."

Alex Thomson

Round-the-world sailor

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Turning negatives into positives

With successes as great as the distances he has sailed, Alex knows the power of injecting positivity into any situation. Always look for the benefits, he says. “Most of us today are in isolation, or social distancing with our families or friends. To help make this period more manageable, try to view it as a privilege, a chance to spend uninterrupted time with those closest to you. It’s something to enjoy, not be fearful of.”

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Structure, perspective, positivity. Alex Thomson shares his top tips for anyone taking on extended time away from others. Read on for more.

1. Structure and routine

“It’s important to introduce structure and routine. Try not to ‘bite off’ too much though. We all need to understand that these are exceptional circumstances. Give yourself realistic goals for the day, and work towards those. It could be as small as making breakfast, or playing a game with your children. Every time you achieve one of those goals, you’ll feel better. ” 

2. The helicopter view

“When feeling stressed, one of the methods I use, which my sports psychologist taught me, is called the helicopter view. I visualise being above the boat, looking down at myself. This allows me to take a step back, regroup and find calm. When at home, imagine looking down at yourself from the ceiling. Then imagine looking down from the top of the house, and then above the house, and then from cloud level. From up there, you can see all of the people, in the houses below, who are facing the same problems as you. It’s then that you realise you’re not alone.” 

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3. Find time to smile

“It’s true that happy people perform better. But when things are going wrong, it can feel almost impossible to find any sense of happiness. My sports psychologist taught me that, in order to find that happiness, I should look happy. I should smile. ‘Happy people, look happy’ he says. ‘So smile.’ And I do. And guess what? It works.”

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