This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Many of us are worried about the Covid-19 pandemic and how it will affect us and those we love. Maybe all your activities and clubs have stopped for the time being but you must try to keep to a regular routine of getting up at the same time in the morning and going to bed at the same time at night. Keeping to a routine and having something to look forward to will help you stay positive and keep well.
MIND is encouraging people to #SpeakYourMind and reach out to someone who needs a friend with a positive message, or share with them your own tips for coping to make sure they don't have to face this pandemic alone.
Kindness matters and is the key to turning things right. Doing good is also good for you! When you think of “being kind” what comes to mind first? Maybe you think about a friend or family member who you know you can rely on for comfort and support, maybe you think of a neighbour who always makes an effort to be friendly when you cross paths, or maybe you think of those who volunteer to help in their communities. There are many definitions of what it means to be kind and kindness is often entwined with related concepts like empathy, compassion, and altruism.
At its core, researchers suggest that kindness is a gesture motivated by genuine, warm feelings for others. Kindness, therefore, is not just an emotion, but is defined by our actions.
As much as you may feel you are, your never on your own❤. Amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. It may feel intuitive that kindness can help others, but there is a growing body of research to show that being kind also has benefits for our own mental health and wellbeing. For Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, the Mental Health Foundation has chosen to highlight and celebrate kindness, to others, to ourselves, and in society more broadly, as one way to promote and protect good mental health for all.
Our motivation for helping others may also play a role in how kindness supports our wellbeing and mental health. When we act with kindness, it generally means our behaviour comes from a place of genuine and warm feelings for others rather than from obligation or anticipation of reward.
There are different ways in which we can cultivate kindness towards ourselves and others. One approach that is gaining prominence is the practice of loving-kindness meditation, which involves directing unconditional kind attitudes toward oneself and others.
Gratitude also has an important role to play in encouraging kindness. When we express gratitude to someone who has helped us, research suggests that this can make them feel more valued and motivate them to act kindly again in future.
Efforts to nurture kindness at an early age may be prudent, given evidence that kindness and altruistic tendencies may be innate in children. School-based kindness interventions, which are often focused on encouraging children to carry out intentional acts of kindness, can help children view things from the perspective of others, improve wellbeing and boost their acceptance among peers.
It is important to remember that kindness does not only mean showing gratitude to others, but it is also about being compassionate towards yourself Maybe this Kindness Bingo will give you ideas on how to engage in acts of kindness and gratitude.
We must will drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
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