Hello friend,

Welcome to Issue 7 of the newsletter. The theme is mindfulness in honor of World Meditation Day on May 21st.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies defines a disaster as:

"a sudden, catastrophic event that severely disrupts the functioning of a community or society, causing human, material, economic, or environmental losses."

Disasters sometimes bring on added mental health consequences like PTSD, anxiety, and depression. They affect the at-risk groups the most like women, children, and older adults. In June 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that about 40% of adults in the U.S. reported at least one mental health concern. It was 10% a year earlier.

As the lockdowns and restrictions ease in various places, some people will take longer and find it especially hard to reacclimate to "normal life". They will experience fear, frequently check for symptoms, and avoid social situations and people. Researchers have named this pandemic phenomenon the COVID-19 Anxiety Syndrome in a paper in Psychiatry Research.

It's important to be mindful, kind and allow people around us to get back to their "normal" in their own time. It's even more important to remind them that they are not alone. Today's issue shows how kids and the elderly can manage their anxiety by connecting to their breath and with each other. World Meditation Day reminds us that we can heal by stoping to breathe, one breath at a time.

Ghanaian poet, Petra Amoako, based in Ontario, Canada wrote a powerful poem called Healing.

Healing (by Petra Amoako)

Ignoring pain

is like ignoring the sun,

it will follow you,

no matter how far you run.

If you want it to leave,

you must allow it to come,

to get to the night,

you must first, face the sun.

Stay safe. Stay sane. Wear a mask.


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