Mental Health Awareness Week may be over, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop working on our minds. 

This year’s theme was ‘kindness’. Being kind can significantly improve our physical and emotional wellbeing - whether we are giving or receiving it. Scientific studies have shown that acts of kindness can help your immune system, reduce stress, give you energy and are good for your heart! Not to mention the power of being kind can go as far as improving relationships and slowing the effects of ageing.

We’ve summarised our advice from across the week so you can always refer back to it whenever you need to reset, realign and remind yourself to be kind to yourself and to others. 

  1. Carve out time in your day to perform an act of kindness - this could be sending a text or writing a letter to a friend and letting them know how much you appreciate them, helping out around the house, or checking in on any elderly/vulnerable neighbours. No matter how big or small, your act of kindness will brighten your day and bring a smile to others

  2. Say thanks and take the time to reflect on all your blessings - meditating, journaling or even just writing in your notes on your phone can all help. Start small with the things we can often take for granted - the start of a new day, our loved ones, our health, our bodies and all they can do. You can write as little or as much as you like. Each day you can add or each day you can rewrite the same list. There are no rules! Just take your time and really think about each element on your list, we guarantee it will help make you feel a little bit more positive! 

  3. Allow yourself to feel all of your emotions, without judgement of scrutiny - write down how you’re feeling, talk to a friend or try meditation

  4. Reflect on what makes you happy - we can guarantee that not a lot of people will write ‘social media makes my soul happy’ so take this into consideration throughout your day and make sure to not overuse any apps and to really make sure when you do, that they’re only full of pages/account that does make you smile! 

  5. Write a list of all the things you like about yourself and add to it every day this week - society has to lead us to believe our bodies must look a certain way, so try your hardest to silence any negative thoughts when writing your list. Write to yourself as if you were writing about a friend

Always remember, you are not alone. Reach out to a friend or family member, or speak to Mind or Shout UK if you need a helping hand.