#WonderLoves: If you can be anything - be kind
May 18, 2020
Now more than ever, it is important to look after both our own mental health and also check-in with friends, family members and colleagues to see if they're OK. The last few months have had their ups & downs and with yesterday being the start of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, we are going to focus this week's blog on some helpful tips & tricks to help in these difficult times.
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Mental Health Awareness Week
The topic of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness. Pretty sure we'd all agree that although times have been tough lately we're seeing a lot more acts of kindness and even whole communities coming together to help each other out. Asking people how they are, offering to do someone vulnerable's shopping, volunteering or just doings something silly can help brighten up their day. We'll also let you in on a bit of a secret - doing something for others can also help your own mental health - win win!
Kindness can also mean something you do for yourself, either an internal factor like not being hard on yourself or an external factor like taking a full lunch hour or going for a walk in the sunshine (helped by the glorious weather this week)
So this week the Mental Health Foundation would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness, take a photo or video (with permission) and post on your social channels with the hashtags #kindnessmatters & #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Time to Change
You may remember that we signed up to their pledge on Time to Talk Day earlier in the year. These guys are really working on breaking the stigma of talking about mental health both in the workplace and at home.
As the topic of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness we wanted to highlight 3 very simple steps we can all do this week to help a friend, neighbour, colleague or family member:
1. Check in with them - a text is good, a call even better - maybe avoid video calls at the mo as sure we all have conferencing fatigue! As shown in the graphic above sometimes you may have to ask twice - so if you think they're holding back try again.
2. Listen & reflect - just listening can often be the best thing to allow someone to get something off their chest.
3. Ask questions - you don't have to be an expert and offer solutions but seeing how long someone may have been down could help you understand what support they need.
Knowing what to say can be difficult but there are lots of resources available on the Time to Change website above and on mental health charity Mind
World Meditation Day - Thursday 21st May
Bit of a throwback above to when we created an area for Headspace on the Google stand at Web Summit in Lisbon a few years ago, but we've been fans ever since. Headspace is a fantastic app if you're just starting out with meditation and mindfulness or even if you're a seasoned practitioner.
The app features a beginners course and once complete opens up to a whole host of single sessions or courses on all sorts of topics from depression, self-esteem, stress & anxiety to focus, work, productivity. Why not start your own journey with them on World Meditation Day - Thursday 21st May live at noon PT on Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn.