Feel Good Habits and Captain Sir Tom Moore

It’s been a tough year, possibly one of the toughest many of us have ever experienced. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing. To support you, we’ve launched a campaign this week called Feel Good Habits. It’s all about small, everyday things you can do to improve your health and wellbeing at work. A core part of the campaign is our first ever Microsoft Sway publication.  Please take a moment to have a look at it and perhaps contribute if you have a particular experience that you think colleagues would benefit from reading about and hearing.  

Like many active and former service personnel, I use physical exercise to moderate my stress levels.  I’ve always come back from operational deployments much fitter than I went out, and, given the parallels of the past 12 months with my previous life, this one is no different.  I’ll get back to normal at some point, I’m sure, but at the moment, I’m fitter than I’ve been for over 10 years.  Conversations with loved ones, friends and colleagues are also hugely important to me, and I try to make a little more time for each conversation than I normally would, in order to find some time to talk about something other than the business in hand.  I try to make it less about off-loading my own worries, and more about sharing what they’re doing.  I find the very activity of listening to people talking about their lives puts things in perspective. 

I could not finish this entry without mentioning Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died on Tuesday of last week.  In the words of Prince Philip (who will also turn 100 later this year) describing members of the armed services, he was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things.  Sir Tom’s optimism and belief in the human spirit is encapsulated in the title of his book, “Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day”.  I particularly liked his instructions to his family for his own funeral; “March in. March out. Move on.”  There’s probably no better set of instructions to us in dealing with what is hopefully the final phase of this pandemic – let’s get on with the vaccination programme and get on with our lives. 

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