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What will it mean for my health?

Being a Deputy is probably not great news for your health – but I guess that’s true of most work, so put this in some perspective.

In my experience, it is difficult to make time to exercise or eat well, especially during busy periods – but if you’re coming into the role with good habits, you’ve probably got a better chance of maintaining them. If you follow the trend many Deputies have set this term, and get yourself a bike or an e-bike, you might even stand a chance of improving it!

If you have a major health event during your time in the States, it can be difficult to force yourself to take the time to recover properly, because it’s the kind of job that demands you should be “always on” – but you absolutely must put your recovery first. You’re in this for the long haul, and that means you need to make time to look after yourself when your body or mind demands it.

You do need to be aware that the impact on your mental and emotional health is likely to be substantial. If you have pre-existing mental health conditions, this kind of job could make things harder. Ask for help when you need it. Ask people you love and trust to keep an eye out for you, and to encourage you to take action when you need to.

And finally, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to (or doesn’t find it easy to) acknowledge how things affect you emotionally, make sure you’ve got some kind of positive way of coping with emotional stress. Because it does come with the territory, and you need a way of managing it that’s going to protect your health, not worsen it.

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Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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