At times like these, when the world feels upside down. Kindness can be the key to turning things around.
18-24 May marks Mental Health Awareness Week and this years theme is ‘Kindness’.
Take a couple of moment to watch this short video from the Mental Health Foundation about this years theme – KINDNESS
We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.
Kindness and Mental Health
Kindness is defined by doing something for yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.