Others may have a different view, but mine is do not ever leave the helm if that is your job.
I leave the helm on my 32 ft sloop every time I come back to the marina slip when sailing by myself. Just this weekend I did it again, teaches you how to land softly and have a spring line ready to make fast and stop the boat.
Hey I lost an anchor of the bow-pulpit even after the admiral said we would loose it, and should tie the rode to it. Of coarse she was right.
S/V “SAILMATES” 1973 IRWIN 32 CLASSIC