How are you feeling? How are the restrictions where you are? Are things lifting, improving?
It is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK and this year the theme is ‘kindness‘. In the current climate mental health matters more than ever.
Being kind to others can feel more familiar and comfortable than being kind to ourselves but I want to encourage you to put yourself as a priority too and not just an option!
So what acts of kindness can you do for yourself?! 😊
- Daily positive affirmations! Give yourself some praise- (you deserve it)!
- Treat yo’ self: that 10 min foot spa, or homemade face mask will leave you relaxed and revitalised.
- Bucket list: what can you accomplish now during this period of quarantine? Stop putting it off! You can do it!
- Green fingered: Create a small (or large) indoor / outdoor garden. You’ll be growing your own food in no time!
- Draw something: find your inner Bob Ross and display your art with pride.
- Pay it forward: Has someone done something kind to/ for you? Then pay it forward to someone else. Even if they haven’t you can start the chain reaction.
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while! It will make your day and probably theirs too.
There are loads of ways to spread your kindness around to others even during the lockdown:
- Ask someone how they are doing!
- Smile, say hello to the next person you pass by.
- Wish the cashier, bus driver, security guard etc a good day! This is for my British homies especially 😉
- Donate to food banks or food donation bins when you go to the store (found in most grocery stores).
- Write a letter: how long has it been since you’ve done that!
- Make a goodie bag/ basket for a family member or neighbour with surplus things you may have at home.
- If you’re having a clear out put items out front with a little note saying ‘ I’m all yours… take me if you can give me a new home’ ☺️
These are of course just random suggestions. I know you all are filled to the brim with kind ideas and more. There doesn’t have to be a cost attached to your act and size does not matter. Whatever you do, just do it with a kind and gracious heart!
Kindness can have a major influence on your own mental health and that of others. You can find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.
Even with all that I said above, it still remains that we all have our struggles and are battling things people don’t know about, particularly during this time. Looking after yourself may be all you can do right now and that is ok. It is more than ok!
Sending you love and light!