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The importance of wellbeing

By Tariq Ahmed, HR Director

I was very pleased to be asked to pen a few words on 'wellbeing' as it is something I feel passionately about, however I also began to wonder where to start. There is so much amazing material available, and, of course, it means different things to different people. So I thought I would keep it simple and link it to the approach you will be hearing much more about across our School: physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

As someone who has played representative level sport, wellbeing nearly always comes back to physical and mental for me as an individual. Being healthy and feeling focussed help me perform at my best. I don’t always get it right and so need to continuously check whether my habits are helpful as research into high performance shows that good habits are key. Rest and recuperation often rank near the top and I hope you enjoy the article from Richard Jolly on “Stop, Think and Sleep”.

Mental wellbeing is a fascinating area to explore. Mindfulness and its ablility to bring much-needed balance to our lives is a hot topic. World Mental Health day took place earlier this month and it is great to see an increasingly positive approach being taken to understanding mental health issues and discussing them more openly.

The last research report by The Mental Health Foundation found that one in six adults had experienced a common mental health problem in the last week. Not all of these would have been noticed by the people around them- we all need to do all we can to increase our awareness.

Finally, financial wellbeing. As with most people, being on top of my finances is critical, not just for now, but for the future. We live in a world of changing approaches to pensions - keeping up can be challenging. As a School we have invested heavily in communicating the pensions landscape and what it means for each individual and will continue this focus. Financial wellbeing is not just about pensions of course and we will continue to build our offering to support people in this space.

I am really pleased we are increasing our focus on wellbeing as I believe it can have a positive impact how engaged we all are with our work and our wider lives. I look forward to hearing the stories of how different people are driving this for themselves and in their teams.