The world is a turbulent place right now. You can’t move for hearing about Corona virus. But something positive has emerged from this pandemic. Kindness.
This year the theme of World Mental Health Week is kindness, and rightly so. In my opinion, we should always be kind to one another but these difficult times seem to be bringing out the best in people. I have enjoyed the plethora of acts of kindness that I have seen, from Captain Tom raising £32 million for the NHS to takeaways donating food to front line workers, and everything in between.
Kindness is everywhere.
And I love it.
But are we doing enough? Of course we are. For other people. But are we being kind to ourselves? Are we looking after number one? I know I’m guilty of not being kind to myself, and I’ll bet I’m not alone.
Looking after ourselves has never been more important. But how do we do it? What does it involve? Is it hard?
The simple answer is no, it’s not hard. Do what makes you happy, for me that’s getting fresh air, be it a short run or a walk, the other day it was skimming stones into the sea like I did when I was a kid. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or fancy. It just has to work for you. I’m not here to judge, far from it, I just want to encourage you to spend 10 minutes, just 10 minutes being kind to yourself.
Read a chapter of that book you’ve been putting off, spend some time in the garden if you have one, pluck your eyebrows. Do it. Just try it. Please. Be kind to yourself.
We’ve proved we can be kind and generous to one another, now is the time for you.
In a world that has decided
That it’s going to lose its mind
Be more kind, my friends
Try to be more kind
If you want to, let me know how you’ve got on. Or just bask in the glory of knowing that you’ve been kind to yourself today.