Never has there been a more important time to acknowledge positive mental health by using this week to highlight...
During these difficult challenging times we are hearing many stories of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health.
Research shows kindness and our mental health are deeply connected, and that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging.
It helps reduce stress and brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships.
Kindness to ourselves can help boost our self-esteem and can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
The smallest act of kindness can mean a lot and have a huge impact on others.
During these challenging difficult times, especially during lockdown, some acts of kindness may feel unrealistic but some of the acts of kindness below can be effortless and could become part of everyday life...
Keep a kindness journal
Be kind to people close to you
Do something without being asked
Decide to be kind, telling yourself you will be kinder can help you feel better
Thank someone you appreciate
How can we make the above happen?
One way could be to make a kindness tree.
You can use anything, paper, material, cardboard, pencils, paint or felt tip pens.
You can write or draw anything on your tree that you wish to represent your gift of kindness to others.
We have all seen the fabulous rainbows everyone up and down the country have made and displayed in their windows...
Why not display your kindness tree in your window and let everyone who sees it share in your act of kindness?
It can be your way of showing others that you are thinking of them.
If you would like to see your kindness tree on this page, send a photo of it to email@example.com and watch this space...
Andrew and Eleanor have a message for everyone...
Eleanor is supporting Andrew's spoken language through the use of Makaton.
A counselling service for the whole community
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