Mental Health Awareness Week runs from the 18th - 24th May 2020, the theme for this year is kindness.

We hope that you and your loved ones are keeping safe during these extremely difficult times. We encourage you to reach out to loved ones, connect and offer to support to those who need it. Small acts of kindness will help people to feel connected and that they are not alone. Now, more than ever it’s important we show kindness to one other. Giving and receiving acts of kindness can help to improve mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings.

With just seven days to go until Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be sharing seven acts of kindness for each day. Giving and receiving acts of kindness can help to improve mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings.

  1. This Monday, reach out to someone who might be struggling with their mental health since the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, drop them a message or give them a call to let them know you’re thinking about them.

  2. On Tuesday, take 5 minutes to have a hot beverage. Perhaps you can chat to someone you live with or virtually over a hot drink! It could become a starting point for talking about your mental health. We know it isn’t easy to talk, but remember to be kind to yourself. 

  3. Wednesday, why not take some time to read? Start a book club with your family and/or friends, and get through those books that have been sat on your shelf for a while! If you don’t fancy reading, why not write your own stories! It could also be a good time to write about how you are feeling.

  4. On Thursday, with just four days to go until Mental Health Awareness Week, take some time to be kind to yourself today with some self-care, recognising the difficulties of the lockdown situation. 

  5. Friday, time to unwind. Take some time today to get outside for some air and a leg stretch. Notice how you’re feeling and send yourself some kind thoughts. 

  6. Saturday, get creative! Perhaps you can create small pocket cards and send it to a friend and family member wishing them well or that you are thinking of them! You could even create your own cards of kindness to yourself if you are going through a hard time. 

  7. Sunday, slow down today. Take some time to switch off and relax before the week ahead. Tomorrow is Mental Health Awareness Week and now, more than ever it’s important we show kindness to ourselves, and to one another. 

 

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