Today marks the start of national mental health awareness week. This years awareness week is based around Kindness. About 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems each year.
The Mental Health Foundation has conducted a new survey into kindness, which has found almost two-thirds of us say that when people are kind to them, it has a positive impact on their mental health.
The results also found that almost two-thirds of people find that being kind to others has a positive impact on their mental health.
It can be easy to tell people to be kind by posting online and following a trend with a simple hashtag. But it’s harder to commit to kindness with our daily words actions. But if we all took a little moment out of our day to be kind to other people, it could make a huge difference in that person’s day. Especially people who are vulnerable or struggling.
Here are a few acts of kindness you can do to help others who may not be feeling okay..
🤍Tell a family member or friend how much you love and appreciate them.
🤍Send a motivational text to a friend or family member who is struggling.
🤍 Send someone flowers.
🤍Tell someone you know, that you are proud of them.
🤍Donate to a charity, If you can.
🤍Comment or message someone on Instagram and tell them that you love what they are doing.
🤍Tell someone you are there for them.
Mental health is something that’s close to my heart as I’m someone who suffers with their mental health. During my time of suffering with my mental being, I’ve had very different ways of dealing with it. When it got too much, I asked for help and was put onto medication. Which wasn’t something I wanted to do. However things got really hard and I just wasn’t coping. On the other end of the spectrum, where I can cope with it. I channel whatever I’m feeling into my photography or create something that will inspire other people to channel their feelings into something they love.
Having a platform within social media I will continue to talk about my mental health to showcase to people of the internet that it’s okay not to be okay.
I’ve always treated people the way I would want to be treated.
Random acts of kindness is like reaching out a hand to people and saying, “It’s going to be okay” One act of kindness can completely change how someone is feeling.
When I’m at my low point, nothing means more to me than someone showing a random act of kindness. Showcasing that they took time out to see if I’m okay.
Not only is it important to be kind to others. But it’s also important to be kind to yourself. Be kind to yourself when you’re not feeling your best. Allow yourself to have down time and enjoy the things you enjoy. Turn social media off and give yourself a break. Allow yourself to have time away and process how you feel.
But if you feel low and are struggling just know that it’s okay. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Allowing yourself to ask for help doesn’t show a sign of weakness. It shows inner strength.
If anyone ever feels low, down or are struggling with their mental state of mind, please know I’m always here. Regardless of whether we talk or not, my messages are always open.
Samaritans also have a free 24-hour helpline if you need it: 116 123