Keep Calm and Carry On

22 Mar 2021

Having just been through yet another lockdown in the past month, many of us have felt the pangs of frustration and anxiety sink deep into us in the wake of the latest community transmission episode. Needless to say, we have all felt the need for some reassurance at one point or another. The recent America’s Cup race win has certainly helped this cause by spreading some much-needed cheer!

Longer-term though we may benefit from evaluating our coping strategy to help us navigate amidst turbulent waters (pardon the racing pun). There is only so much battering a wall can take before it finally succumbs to the impact of shock episodes progressively hammering away at our core. 

‘Keep calm and carry on’ was the phrase derived just for such a situation about 80 years ago during World War 2. Before becoming a viral meme, this war remnant was first overlooked and then forgotten for over 60 years. Created in 1939 as part of a series of three posters and after 2.5 million print outs, it was never actually used. Not until a copy was discovered in a bookshop in Northumberland in 2000, and its reproductions were sold a year later did the phrase catch its current fame.

Although early examples of the mood can be seen as a reaction to the threat of terrorism, it has become an increasingly prevalent response to the uncertainties of economic collapse (in our case coupled with a health crisis as well!). It conveys a determination not to give in, a sense of resilience and resistance, to continue as normal whatever happens.

Remaining true to our core value of quality and the important role of training, NZQC has a similar message for our readers to train our minds to keep moving forward and remain calm whilst doing so. Always easier said than done, in such times, it does help to know that we are not alone on this boat (there we go with the pun again) and that there are support systems available to help us through stormy gales.

We at NZQC have been following our own advice by keeping an agile approach to the organisation of our courses, shifting between virtual and face to face as circumstances required. We have also accommodated transfers, postponements and cancellations as needed. We have facilitated multiple transitions and bookings as smoothly as possible and where things have not worked out, we have transferred our attendees to future courses. In other words, we have kept calm and carried on and in the process always endeavoured to make you feel supported.

We intend to continue doing so. Lockdowns have the uncanny ability to not only disrupt our routines but also blank our thought patterns. Staying positive and focused will help us bring us back to carrying out our original intent. Psychologist and author Dr Emma Kavanagh says, ‘We are in an uncontrollable environment and we need some sense of control to feel healthy, so give yourself small achievable goals to regain a sense of control. One of the most powerful coping mechanisms is looking for the good in the environment. If we train our brains to focus on a positive, it changes how we interact with the world cognitively… which is good for creativity and encourages better function’. 

In other words, go ahead and continue with your work looking for every good in it. Likewise putting yourself or your team members onto our next training courses will help bring back that sense of control and encourage better function too. We at our end will ensure you have every support in that process!

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