Kindness from Home: Exploring This Year’s Mental Health Awareness Week Theme

For those who do not know, this week (18th – 24th May) is Mental Health Awareness week and the theme for this year is kindness. Given the current climate, it’s fair to say we could certainly all do with a bit more of it!

Kindness is certainly a value that we embed into everything we do at R13. Who wouldn’t want to help to make the world that bit brighter? In keeping with the theme, we thought it would be great to open a discussion about the ways in which we can still be kind whilst working from home and share our stories of kindness.

Here are some of the little things we thought everyone could do to spread some kindness:

  • Get involved with your favourite charity – many charities are currently doing online activities and challenges that you can take part in!
  • Check in with a loved one – it could be a call or video chat or social distance walk but spending some time with loved ones is always good for the soul.
  • Make a card/gift to send to someone – let those creative juices flow, not only will you feel the satisfaction of having made something yourself, but you can share the joy with someone else.
  • Offer to support people within your local community – drop your neighbours a text when you’re next going to the shops and see if they need anything, or go one step further and get involved with a community project to help those in isolation with shopping etc.
  • Compliment your work colleagues – a little compliment can go a long way.
  • Be kind to yourself – take some ‘me’ time to relax and do one of your favourite activities.
  • Clap for the NHS & keys workers – show your appreciation for those dedicating their lives to helping others.
  • Get your rainbows out – the simple act of putting a rainbow in your window will help to make the world a little bit brighter.

Kindness and mental wellbeing are deeply connected. Being kind to others gives us the feel-good factor that helps to keeps things in perspective, boost our self-esteem and keep us connected with our community.

Reflecting on acts of kindness, some of the R13 team have shared their stories:

Kim’s Story

“I for one particularly enjoy random acts of kindness, which coupled with my love of surprises gave me an idea the other week. I thought it would be great to surprise my 3 best friends by ordering them each a book through Amazon and having it sent to their house, just as a little lockdown pick me up! Things like this don’t always need a reason behind them and it was great to bring a smile to my friend’s faces.”

Lou’s Story

“Recently I have started making bath bombs and soaps to give out to my friends and family. It’s a super fun project and a great way to make someone smile, plus I have always wanted to learn how to do it!”

Bex’s Story

“I’ve been quite busy during the lockdown trying to spread the love! Me and my little one made & decorated biscuits and then we packed them up and left them on the doorstep for family as a surprise. We’ve done no contact beer deliveries, Easter pictures and presents, food shopping for neighbours & family and surprise baby gifts, basically anything to keep spirits up and give people that helping hand. I’ve also been involved in the #NoFeeFriday project to help those who’ve been made redundant due to Covid-19 find a new job, which has already had some success!

Ben’s Story

“I have been told I have a great voice for audiobooks hence why recently I’ve been reading stories to my friend’s little one!”

We hope everyone can remember to #BeKind and do what they can to make the world a happier place, especially during the current situation! To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and how you can get involved, head to https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Stay safe and stay kind everyone!