Sometimes the best way to beat lockdown loneliness is to reach out to your friends. Catching up definitely made my day today!
This too shall pass and there is a silver lining behind every cloud. I promise.
Sometimes doing the right thing can lead to being somewhat unpopular, but it’s often the more difficult path that is the better path to choose. Stay strong and don’t worry about naysayers.
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.
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.
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!
Lockdown can be a lonely place and reaching out can be really hard sometimes. It’s ok to retreat sometimes, but make sure to reach out every now and then too.
It is easy to get lost thinking about what the world will look like after the COVID crisis is over. Maybe stop and think what you will remember most about this time. What will stick out in your memory – the panic-buying of toilet paper? Busses circulating empty through the cities? Or maybe, the collective kindness that emerged throughout neighborhoods and communities to help those in isolation get what they need? Keep a journal, remember your thoughts, it will be therapeutic in the present and valuable in the future.