Good morning my lovelies!
How are we this fine morning?
I’m a bit late to the Mental Health Awareness Week party, which this year, had a theme of kindness. In these times, kindness is vital. I normally do a fair amount of campaigning on these important dates but this year I had to look after my own well-being and mental health. I did complete an interview on TFM, hopefully it helped someone. I have found that this year many prioritised their health first which is incredibly valid.
Kindness to others and especially ourselves is vital right now, in the present and the future for so many reasons.
- Kindness helps us to be more empathetic and compassionate.
- Kindness allows us to be responsive rather than reactive. This is in the sense that we do not become rash, irrational or increase the likelihood of regrettable actions. But rather we appropriately respond calmer and have a more positive outcome.
- We gain a better sense of self through kindness in all its complexity.
- Kindness increases our sense of community and reduces isolation by treating yourself and others well.
- Kindness can also reduce our stress levels.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, kindness is choosing to do something that helps you or others motivated by genuine feelings. There are so many ways this can be accomplished.
How you can be more kind to you
- Fill your days with what gives you pleasure – you deserve it.
- Respect yourself to where you have gotten in life. Living is hard but you have done fantastic so far. Remind yourself of that that.
- Practice gratitude.
- Listen to your body and be intuitive of its needs.
- Prioritise “me-time”.
- Log off social media for an hour or a day, or longer if needed.
How you can be more kind to others
- Check in with those you know, friends, family and colleagues.
- If you can, donate your time or money to causes that are important to you.
- Send some old fashioned (but classic) snail mail.
- If you can, see if anyone (friends, family, neighbours) need a hand with anything.