How are things going for you? May was another incredibly tough month for many; some will have been rushed off their feet keeping the country, and its inhabitants, going; some will have had to struggle with the demands of an improvised home office and possibly even home schooling, and others will be getting used to the world of furlough. Whilst the primary danger of the Pandemic is to our physical health, it has been clear that the consequences on our mental health are considerable. Mental Health awareness week was held in May and came at a highly appropriate moment.

One of the factors that challenges our mental health is often us, and that is why we have decided to focus on the topic of mindful self-compassion. In this month’s film, Kate Fismer talks us through this skill that involves creating some time for you, remembering what is important to you and showing yourself appreciation and gratitude.

Do remember to look at the diary section that lists several days that are dedicated to a health and wellbeing topic. Most of these relate to physical and mental health, but as The Festival of Us is keen to celebrate both people and planet, I want to highlight that 5th June marks World Environment Day. The weather has allowed many of us to spend some more time outside and the reduction in transport usage seems to have cleared the air. Maybe one of the few winners over the past couple of months has been the environment!

Stay well, stay safe, stay strong and stay together.