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This uplifting message might make you feel more hopeful about the current crisis

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

We’re living through trying times and right now, for the majority of us, life doesn’t look like it usually does. You might be self-isolating, feeling unwell or stuck inside your home. The news is stressful, the outlook bleak and all that can quickly take its toll on your mental wellbeing. Maintaining a positive outlook is one sizeable task right now. But there are things out there that might help. 

One of them is this message from a Capuchin Franciscan priest, which was played on BBC London Radio last week. It’s part of a Christian sermon, but atheists or people from different religious backgrounds will find it just as accessible and uplifting, we promise.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and hit play on this: 

Brother Richard, who lives in Ireland, acknowledges that there is currently fear, isolation and panic-buying, but that doesn’t mean there has to be hate, loneliness or meanness. 

‘All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting. All over the world people are looking at the neighbours in a new way,’ he goes onto say. ‘All over the world people are waking up to a new reality, to how big we really are, to how little control we really have, to what really matters, to love.’

We challenge you to get to the end without welling up. And when you do, let it out. It’s good for you. 

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