Mental Health Awareness Week which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation is very important for us owing to the current scenario. This year it is from 18th May 2020, which is today, until 24th May 2020. The theme this year is kindness, which is just perfect and the need of the hour. Being kind is divine.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE KIND?
Being kind is one of the simplest, and yet most powerful habits you can inculcate.
I recall the first Thursday we got together with our neighbours and clapped for our key-workers. Personally, it was quite overwhelming for me and I had to take few seconds to myself as my eyes started to well up. For me, that was a pure case of being kind. It was after almost a week of uncertainty, chaos, and darkness that we’d all come together as a community. We’d come together as one unit to be kind enough to thank the keyworkers (especially the NHS) for their generous contribution to the society amidst this graving pandemic.
At a time when I felt so low and anxious, this gesture brought about a quick switch in my mood. It made me feel reconnected to society. It was important for my mental health and wellbeing.
Being kind is not only something which you do for others, it is something which you do for yourself too. When you be kind to others, you automatically feel good about yourself. It satisfies your soul. Nothing can beat this feeling of happiness from within, which we feel every time we do a good deed.
Being kind helps you to feel positive. It helps your mind and soul to grow and nourish. Being kind lets you sleep well at night without any malice or regret.
SMALL WAYS OF BEING KIND
By doing small acts of kindness daily, even at home, you can begin to condition your mind to look for the good in everything around you. Soon you’ll see the brighter side of things and feel better about life. Kindness is a vital component of ultimate happiness.
Mother Teresa was one of the kindest living souls. She selflessly worked for the poor and for those in need. In 1979, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her acts of kindness.
At times like these, with an ongoing pandemic it is vital to be kind and show kindness in whatever small or big way we can. It is important to be generous, whole-hearted and sympathetic.
If you’ve got some time to spare, check on your neighbours while maintaining social distancing. Call a distant and lonely friend, leave a message for those who are living by themselves, thank the garbage collector for his service, smile at the stranger walking her dog while you’re strolling at the park, pack food parcels for those who do not have a roof over their heads, feed stray animals, try and help out Charities in whatever way possible.
And like Mother Teresa’s saying,
''Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.''
Also, here are some more ways that you can beat the Covid-19 blues.
Also, come back tomorrow for our second blog post for this Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.