Looking after ourselves has never been more important than right now. The ‘new normal’ has changed the way we live and work. We are all missing our families, friends and colleagues. We are using words like ‘Covid19’, ‘lockdown’ and ‘social distancing’ at a time when we all need comfort the most.
Lockdown has affected every single one of us, albeit in different ways. It has taken a toll on our physical and mental health. At times the emotional challenge of coping in a crisis can be just as difficult as coping with the practicalities of everyday life. Lockdown can be exhausting and most definitely has an impact on our health and well-being.
The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness and looking our for each other. With that in mind, there is a lot of support out there for people who are finding life a struggle and who just need a helping hand. No-one should suffer in silence and it’s important to know that you are never alone.
Kindness costs nothing but means everything.
https://clear your head.scot/
NHS24 – on 111
Breathing Space 0800 838587 or https://breathingspace.scot/
I know like me you will be thinking about how this current situation is affecting our children’s mental health. This is a really helpful poster which will help reassure you that just by being there for your children, by listening to them and playing with them, we are supporting their mental health.
You may recognise the expression “it is better to give than receive”, but did you know this is backed up by research?
People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. They may even live longer. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.
We all have so much going on in our lives - including competing strains and stresses – not to mention the current coronavirus pandemic. This can see kindness pushed to one side, in favour of what is urgent or trending now.
It can be easy to signal kindness by posting online and following a trend, but harder to commit to kindness in our daily words and actions.
But if we take the time to be kind to other people, we can reap the emotional dividends. It can really make a difference and especially for people who are vulnerable or struggling.
Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health.
If you would like to read more then click on the link below.
During this challenging time it’s more important than ever to be kind to ourselves and each other, and to remember that it’s ok to not be ok.
Life can be so difficult just now so we need to remember to be kind to ourselves too. We should celebrate the small things we achieve, trying not to be too critical about what we can achieve each day or make comparisons with others.
It’s important to remember that you are not alone.
NHS 24 – on 111
Breathing space 0800 838587 or https://breathingspace.scot/