Simple Acts of Kindness
With this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, and with the world still feeling a little bit weird, it’s more important now than ever to really focus on not only looking after one another but also looking after ourselves, physically and mentally. This week the theme is kindness so we’re bringing you all the tips and tricks on being kind to yourself and others, from yoga and meditation to the simple acts of kindness that you can do to help support others.
For those in a position to be able to donate right now, there are plenty of charities supporting not only Covid relief but all those who are vulnerable, as well as people suffering with mental health. It could be something as simple as buying a coffee for someone homeless or donating to a charity like Mind who are helping to support those with mental health problems, especially important at a time like now when they might be struggling more than usual.
It can be an extremely difficult time for everyone right now being stuck inside, especially for those with mental health illnesses. It’s normal to feel anxious or worried about the virus or concerned about finances and the wellbeing of those around you but important to remember that this situation is temporary. Probably the most simple act of kindness you can do is to reach out to friends and family, a simple text to ask how they’re doing could really make someone’s day, especially if they’re isolating alone. Likewise, if you’re struggling, speaking to someone could really help put your mind at ease.
Social Distancing Drop-offs
If you can drive or walk to a friends house, why not do a social distancing drop off and leave some goodies at their door? We especially love this idea for those who are celebrating birthdays inside now. You could take over their favourite foods and drinks or maybe even bake a treat for them (if you can find the ingredients that is). Afternoon tea anyone?
Send a Card
Everyone loves getting post right? Why not use thortful to send a friend or family member a surprise card just to let them know you’re thinking of them. They have loads of funny designs and not only will you be putting a smile on someones face but you’ll also be supporting a community of artists and creators.
A lot of smaller businesses will be suffering right now with various lockdowns affecting business. Instead of getting your online shopping fix on somewhere like Amazon, try buying small. Support small sellers on places like Etsy and ASOS Marketplace. You’ll get something a little more special and unique AND help support someone when their income may be suffering.
Who To Call
If you’re struggling with mental health right now, there are lots of people you can speak to. If you need professional advice, take a look at the links below for more information.
- NHS – The NHS website has various different places you can contact for support on all different mental health problems.
- Anxiety UK – Providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)
- Mind – Provide advice and support to those suffering with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
- Samaritans – Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)