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How do you stay mentally strong and healthy during times of solitude?

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Pip will be on her own for upwards of 90 days during the Vendee Globe and these last months gave the world a unexpected sample of what that is like. How do you stay at the top of your game during long periods of separation?

 

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Make art, business plans, books and scripts

If faced with a mental self-perpetuating loop - have a linear mental exercise that will take you out of the loop / spiral. Write a screenplay, a book, poetry.  Invent solutions you face and document them. Contemplate creating art projects from your photos, music and words. Build a business plan. Have a stack of linear mental challenges that can be implemented when you arrive.. 

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Christmas and New Year!

Christmas and New Year will fall during the race!  Take along something special so you can celebrate these special days!

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Meditate and Breath

I find time to meditate and focus on breathing. The best meditation app with the world's largest FREE library of more than 60k guided meditations, 8k teachers & the world's most loved meditation Timer. https://insighttimer.com/

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Treasure the good things each day

Once a day take an accounting of all the  and good things you have achieved. Can include feelings and joys as well as physical and mental successes. If you have a moment write them down in a little book of good thoughts. When times get really tough, just pick up that  little book and remind yourself just  how much you have achieved. 

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Design and create who you wish to be

Design and create who you wish to be: When we have a problem, we can approach it in two ways, manage the symptoms of the problem, or fix the root cause.  If we have a leaking roof, we can put a bucket under the leak, or fix the hole in the roof.  Clearly the former will mean always having to put buckets under the roof, whereas the later will mean the problem is completely resolved, and we can enjoy this resolution (a dry home) without any further effort or attention. We can assume that...

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Reward yourself with a treat.

If you have done well, you can have a treat of some sort.

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Use the stars

Rename the constellations as your favorite friends so that you will enjoy having them visit you on a regular basis. Have conversations with them, stars are great listeners. 

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Pick a few mantras

Mantras are epic. You just need a few that you can come back to from time to time, ideally finding and practicing triggers for them. I know whenever I am running and finding it a bit tough I come back to 'Always a little further' or 'Looking good, feeling good, ought to be in Hollywood'. 

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Surround yourself with the names of people that are right behind you

Write the names of the people you love and have helped you get to where you are around the cockpit on the boat and around your berth.  We did this with Max Thorpe and Dave Spelman I’m Resilient:X in the 2019 Talisker and on those long, dark hours it’s great to remember that so many people are thinking about you and right behind you.

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Ask loved ones to record short voice notes

Asking loved ones to pre-record short inspirational voice notes/messages/clips that Pip can listen to whenever and wherever needed. This could be a good way to feel 'connected' and ease any separation anxiety, as well as help her dig deep and find motivation during a tough day. 

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