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Marie Rowe, Travel Counsellors, on keeping calm and carrying on

As agents across the world battle with a continuously uncertain landscape, Travel Counsellor Marie Rowe encourages all to 'Keep Calm and Carry On'. 

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ has become more of a visual icon than an inspirational quote in the last two decades, since the resurrection of the poster, produced by the British Government in preparation for WWII, intending to raise the morale of the British public.

It is the perfect example of truly Great British stoicism - the ‘stiff upper lip’, self-discipline, fortitude, and remaining calm in adversity. I think there is great inspiration to be taken from this message, albeit 82 years later, where a ‘war’ is actually a global pandemic.

For many agents, the last 17 months have been a relentless attempt to ‘Carry on’ whilst navigating the many new and changing rules, restrictions, and policies, all whilst managing everyday life.

I personally think that the 'Keep Calm' part is the most valuable part of the message.

Rather than finding ways to calm yourself down after watching your green list bookings turn to amber, two days before departure, in WWII, the advice was to stay calm before the event – encouraging civilians to carry on without worrying about what might happen next.

For me, this is the best thing I've learnt to do over recent months; there has been a drastic change in how I feel and cope with stressful situations when they arise, compared to the way I let the first 6 months of chaos affect me.

Now I win every time because calmness equips me to cope physically, mentally and emotionally when the bombs strike.

5 tips for cultivating a calmer state of mind:

1. Daily exercise with fresh air

2. Practice gratitude

3. Avoid negativity

4. Take mindful moments

5. Meditate

We know we are part of a strong community, so let’s raise morale by keeping calm and carrying on…


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