Since the global pandemic hit the world at large back in March, of course some countries were suffering before others, we hardly recognise our everyday lifestyles any longer. On my melodramatic days, it feels a bit like Gone With The Wind, only because life as we knew it disappeared in a breeze, resulting in loss, loss, loss.
Of course, the biggest loss that the pandemic has caused is that of human life, leaving so much pain and suffering in its path. To this end, we are dedicating our fourth and final podcast in this series to Grief, a comforting conversation with author and grief specialist Kristi Hugstad, also known The Grief Girl. That’s released on October 7 but this week we are focusing on the loss of our way of life, not to be sneezed at either, and how we can recover, bounce back.
On this note, The Guardian, one of our broadsheets here in the UK, reports a 50% rise in anxiety since the onset of the pandemic. So in our podcast, Navigating the New Normal, with author and speaker Suzie Lavington, we do talk about managing anxiety amongst many other things. Full of energy, something that we could all use a bit more of these days, the podcast is loaded with hot tips on how to re-enter school, your friendships, your activities, all in good spirits. Also, it offers practical advice to parents and guardians on how to support your children as they face a new world.
Listen on Itunes, You Tube or wherever you listen to podcasts and watch this space for next week’s release, a one-off for UIO in which I share some of my own experiences on racial injustice in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement. Like all of our podcast, How to Talk About Race Now is timely but also timeless. Again, it is out next week. Meanwhile, take care of you inside out, staying safe while you are at it.