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How to boost your self worth

Positive Self Image

How you see yourself is important, but it can also be difficult to know how to raise your self-esteem in the right way. You may find that there are certain things in your life that affect your self-esteem and others that don’t; this really depends on the individual. If you want to boost your confidence, read on for some simple tips:

Be around the right Crew

This can be a challenging one to achieve within our industry as, for most of us, we cannot pick who we work with.

The people around you, especially those closest to you, are an important factor in how you feel about yourself. If your Crew members make you feel good about yourself, they can help you develop into your best self. But if they’re constantly criticizing or putting down what it is that makes YOU unique, they’re not going to do very much for your self-esteem..

The most important thing when choosing who to spend time with when working onboard is building alliances with crew who support and inspire YOU!

Take care of your body

  • Take care of your body. This is a great place to start because it’s easy to do when you have a Crew Chef.  Food can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself. Here are some ways you can take care of your body:
  • Exercise regularly and eat healthy food. Avoid starchy food or processed food and maintain good gut health.
  • Exercising releases endorphins, which are chemicals that make us feel good about ourselves. Eating healthy food gives our bodies the nutrients they need to function, so we feel better too!
  • Stay hydrated – your job requires you to be on your feet all day and spend some time outdoors in the heat.
  • Sleep well – Getting enough sleep improves our ability to focus and increases productivity. It also reduces stress levels so that we don’t get caught up in things like “I’m not good enough” thoughts as much when we’re tired!
  • Get in the ocean for a swim where possible, as this is a great way to ground yourself.

Don’t compare yourself to others

One of the biggest things you can do is to stop comparing yourself to others. This is a common issue I work with in counselling sessions with many of my clients. They often feel that they won’t be as good as their predecessor.

When you compare yourself to others, it’s easy to feel like you’re not good enough because they’ve accomplished more than you. But this sort of thinking only leads to unhappiness and low self-esteem.

Even though we all share the same amount of hours in a day, our lives are different—we all have different strengths and weaknesses, goals and aspirations, life experiences, personalities, circumstances and perspectives on things. The bottom line is: each person has their value system based on their own beliefs about what makes someone successful or happy. I realised that comparing myself to others would not only make me feel less than but it would take up so much of my energy instead, I now choose to stay in my lane and not worry about what others are doing; I haven’t looked back, I am so much better for it!

Take time for yourself and your interests

The first step to building your self-worth is taking time for yourself. This can be difficult if you’re busy with back-to-back Guest trips but it’s essential that you do it. The best way to get started is by finding little ways (like five minutes) to spend time on yourself every day. The breaks that are scheduled in the roster for you are prime opportunities for you to reset.

If you have trouble finding the time or making the time during your breaks then take advantage of certain times in your day: right when you wake up (even before your feet hit the cabin floor), during lunch breaks or before bedtime (if only for a few minutes).

It might sound silly or unproductive at first—but trust me when I say that this type of “me time” is incredibly valuable! It gives us a chance to rest our body and mind, which is very much needed in a demanding industry.

A person with a high level of self-esteem will be more likely to succeed in their career and relationships because they won’t let anyone bring them down. On the other hand, someone with low self-esteem may be unable to achieve their potential in life because they are constantly worried about what others think of them.

Self-worth is something that needs to be cultivated over time through personal growth experiences. It’s important to recognize that every person has their journey when it comes to increasing their self-worth, but there are some common themes among successful people who have been able to increase theirs:

  • They’ve learned how to love themselves for who they are rather than for what society thinks about them or what other people have told them throughout their lives;
  • They’ve learned how they can genuinely apply their strengths to contribute positively to the lives of others.


Your self-worth is something that you have to cultivate every day. It’s not something that can just happen, but the more you practice being good to yourself and taking care of your needs, the more you’ll feel better about yourself overall. By taking time for yourself and doing things that make you happy, you are giving yourself an overflowing sense of self-worth that will carry over into all areas of life.


The Crew Coach

Karine Rayson




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