It is easy to list platitudes and tips about how to boost your mental health, but some mental health issues are beyond a simple walk in the sun, round of sun salutations or a distraction of a good book or movie. If you feel as though you cannot cope, it is absolutely ok to ask for help from loved ones or professionals. You never should feel as though you have to go it alone.
Kindness is contagious – return someone else’s goodwill by paying it forward to someone else!
Life is full of inevitable ups and downs. Sometimes, if someone is having a rough go of things humor can be a kind way to lift their spirits. Take Dover for example – after two days of constant rain at The Haven Zoo, she made the best of it by sporting a goaty mohawk. Thanks for passing along this lovely photograph! Another way to practice kindness? Supporting charities that might be losing income due to lockdowns and social distancing like the Haven – make a donation
One way to share kindness is to reach out and share something that you enjoy with another person. Sharing these experiences can bring you closer together and really let the other person know that you care about them.
After two months of social distancing, we are feeling the quarantine fatigue. However, this week my son and I have been sharing the experience of painting. I am no Michelangelo by any means, but using some scrap cardboard and acrylic paint I am passing it forward by sharing with you my creation for today’s goat of the day!
There are many, many reasons to be kind, but for starters it costs you absolutely nothing to do something kind for yourself or someone else. In fact, you have everything to gain, including a boost to your mental health!
Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. For my family, it also marks two full months of COVID lockdown. It has not been easy to say the least. The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week is kindness. The organisation picked kindness specifically because:
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.Mental Health Foundation 2020
This is so important, especially now, to practice kindness to others and especially to ourselves. I hope y’all stick with me this week, as I will also adopt the theme of kindness for goat of the day.
I hope that you all had a lovely weekend, even if you were stuck inside with the same old people!
Laughter is always the best medicine and I highly recommend it as a daily part of your self-care routine. Finding the humor in any situation will help put a spring in your step and take on any challenge.
If you haven’t had a chuckle all ready today, check out Dover from The Haven Zoo being silly for the camera!
Weekends might be a bit different these days, but I’m glad it’s Friday anyway. I hope y’all have an amazing weekend!
Yesterday, a herd of over 100 goats broke free and descended upon a neighbourhood in San Jose, California. The herd usually spends their days eating brush and weeds to help prevent wildfires, but yesterday they decided that they had other plans. They organised collectively to break through an electric fence and liberate themselves to invade a fancy neighbourhood. Residents were surprised and perhaps a bit worried that the goats would damage their chemically grown lawns. However, the goat liberation was short lived, and the goats were eventually rounded up and returned to their grazing. What a time to be alive.