The coronavirus pandemic has seen more people than ever before working from home. According to a recent study by ONS, adults stated work-life balance was the greatest positive offered by this move away from the office. This is excellent news, but how are you really finding it and how do you feel about the possibility […]
About Simon Shepard
For the past 25 years Simon has worked in the sporting, corporate and health sectors. The combination of environments and experiences has produced a fresh and multi-dimensional approach that brings together technology, education and motivation, to help organisations develop Key Human Performance Indicators (KHPIs).
He consults and delivers to the public sector, international businesses, sporting organisations.
Entries by Simon Shepard
We are over halfway through Stress Awareness Month and I have read some great commentary and listened to some great discussion on the S word. From the physical impact on our body to discombobulation of the brain and changes in our behaviour, it is clear that excessive or persistent stress really is not great news. […]
Over the first five weeks of this year, I have delivered numerous workshops to a range of organisations. From medical teams working on the front line to those working at home, people are finding things tough. The conversations are imbued with frustration, anger, fear, and fatigue. Tears are not uncommon, and I have had to […]
‘What is your purpose?’ can be quite an intimidating question but one, that at some point, is a useful one to answer. The word purpose is almost regal, conjuring images of selfless quests and profound revelations, and maybe better suited to religious books or grand histories than everyday life. However, for each of us, a […]
Corporate burnout seems to be on the up. With research from NordPVN suggesting that, since the start of COVID-19, people in the UK are adding an extra two hours to their working day, and the BMJ reporting that a third of UK doctors have experienced burnout, it seems that the demands of work are becoming […]
‘Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical activity save and preserve it’ – Plato The positive correlation between physical activity and improvements to blood pressure, quality of sleep, mental health and creativity is undisputed, the research far reaching and, as Plato’s words were uttered circa 400 […]
Over the past 10 years I have been collecting a mass of physiological data through my work at Optima-life. I have information on stress, sleep, exercise, resilience, energy – the list goes on; and as for numbers, I have over 3 billion digits at my disposal, that provide information on what is going on in […]
The events of the past six months have highlighted that people can be fragile, indeed for many the vulnerability has been devastating. Life has changed significantly. As teachers and support staff move towards a new school year, one that is likely to feature new working practices, disruption, and uncertainty, their leaders will need to provide […]
‘Everything you do, you’ll do better with a good nights sleep’ Ariana Huffington They say that life is a balancing act; and this is so true when thinking about how we can counter the mental and physical demands of everyday life with effective recharge and the most important recharge mechanism we have is sleep. It is something […]
If you were granted 10% more time in your day, a magical 144 extra minutes, what would you do with it? Relax, sleep, answer more emails, get to the gym – there are many possible answers to a question which is, unfortunately, a mere fantasy. In a world that is rapidly changing, maybe the one […]