As mental health awareness week draws to a close, always remember someone always has your back. Return the kindness and favour and have their back too. We are all stronger and healthier together.
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
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.
In my family, social distancing is definitely hardest for my six year old son. He has always been very energetic and extroverted- so being cooped up with his parents all day everyday for SIX WEEKS is a huge challenge. We are doing our best at homeschooling and grateful to his teachers for sending him a variety of daily tasks. However, it’s easy to get frustrated – the best approach is to be kind and gentle. If something isn’t working, take a break and come back to it later. Sanity and kindness is what is most important in these strange times.
In the UK, although we are in lockdown, we are encouraged to spend about one hour outside for exercise. We can either go alone, or go with other members of our household. In an otherwise difficult situation, I am grateful for the time. Getting outside and breathing the fresh hair is good for your physical and mental health, and it is essential to stay as active as possible. Just make sure to keep six feet from other people and you are good! Get out there and enjoy a little sunshine.
Well, as the world is locking down and preparing for the great waiting out of the corona catastrophe, I once again am pausing March of Pigs to bring you a bit of history. I am not sure where this originated from, but one of my friends sent it along and it is too good not to share.
If you are reading this blog, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well and that you have a comfy place to shelter and access to all that you need to get through.
So here we are. There are a lot of terms being used by the government and world science officials like “self-isolation” and “social-distancing” to describe behaviors we can take to limit the spread of coronavirus. As both require adjusting our social schedules and withdrawing from many group events it is easy to get both mixed up. Here is a friendly definition of both.
Social distancing refers to choosing to work from home whenever possible, refrain from taking unnecessary travel especially on public transportation, and avoiding public places like restaurants, cinemas and bars.
Self isolation requires completely cutting yourself off from the outside world. You might be asked to self-isolate if you start experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, or have close contact with someone experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. In self-isolation you don’t leave your home for two weeks and avoid all face to face contact with the outside world.
Both can be quite lonely, but try not to worry too much. This too shall pass, and there will be wonderful things on the other side.