KINDNESS BEYOND MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

The theme this Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. Kindness helps improve our quality of life within the home, community as well as in the workplace. Doing good for others and for ourselves feels good and can help to bring people together as well as being rewarding. 

Although we often think of kindness as an outward-facing action, to be kind to others we often need to be kind to ourselves. Being kind to ourselves isn’t just about our mental health but should be considered in our physical health too. Being kind to our bodies can seem like a complicated process, but it’s something we’re here to help you with and can be easily implemented. Regular exercise, either a walk, a cycle, our fitness classes or home workouts are a great way to start.

The food we put into our bodies can also help us be kind to our physical health. The more fruit, vegetables and healthy protein sources we consume the better for our bodies. The relationship we have with food and alcohol is important to have an awareness of. Emotional eating and drinking of unhealthy foods and drinks is not kind to our bodies. In our quest to be kind try our 4 tips below to help you on your own kindness journey.

CHECK OUT OUR TOP 4 WAYS TO HELP YOU TO CONTINUE SPREADING KINDNESS:

PRACTISE SELF KINDNESS – This is one which sounds simple but can sometimes be more challenging to implement. However, once you get the hang of this one, the benefits are amazing! Something as simple as taking time out can help us to boost concentration and improve productivity. Scheduling rest days from studying or maybe taking a day’s annual leave to do absolutely nothing might be just what we need for ourselves because we don’t always have to be on or to cram a million activities into the time we have off.  You might be looking to try something new as your form of self-kindness, so why not try our kindness themed meditation to get you started. Besides, when you start to treat yourself with kindness you naturally show kindness to others, making this a win-win habit to form.

SPREAD POSITIVITY – A lot of people are unaware of the positive things they do in their day. In fact, the mind tends to minimise the positives we do in our day. So the next time you find yourself speaking to someone about their day, point out those moments when they have spread kindness and happiness because helping someone see themselves in a positive way helps improve self-esteem.

RESPOND WITH KINDNESS – Remember back to a moment when someone had shown you real kindness and helped you out which meant the world to you. Then think about ways you could show that same kindness to those in your life. Think of it as if you are ‘paying it forward’ when someone shows you kindness, no matter how big or small, pass this onto someone else as soon as you can.

MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY – This can be something fun for the entire family to get involved with, the simple act of hiding a kind note with either loving or a few motivational words to surprise someone can leave them with a smile on their face and motivation in their heart for the rest of the day. However, it is always simple for us to remember to show kindness to those when they are having a tough time or have just handed in their dissertation and University is now ending for them. If we can also remember those who do all those simple things on a daily basis that we might take for granted, such as putting love and care into the dinners they make for us or being at work on time each day and meeting deadlines. Those acts of kindness go much deeper than you will ever know, the simple expression of appreciation is equally as important as those kind words we give to those in a time of need. Plus you will love the feeling you get from making someone’s day – we bet it even puts a smile on your face for the day.

While we recognise that Mental Health Awareness Week highlights conversations, there are a number of resources available for you all year round. There are a number of health and wellbeing resources at the university to help us with our mental health. The Student Wellbeing Service has a wide range of resources to support you. You can access their service below.

THE STUDENT WELLBEING SERVICE OFFERS CONFIDENTIAL HELP WITH A WIDE RANGE OF PERSONAL AND EMOTIONAL CONCERNS AND IS

AVAILABLE TO EVERY STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY FREE OF CHARGE.