This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It comes at a time when the importance of positive mental health has never been so significant.
The theme for this year is kindness. It is a reminder for us all that whenever we make an effort to touch the lives of those around us, even in a very small way, it can reap very big benefits for everyone involved.
During this pandemic I have received kindness in so many ways; beautifully painted rocks from my neighbours children, homemade cocktails dropped off for a Saturday night treat, delicious buns handmade & delivered to the door step, a thoughtful card and telephone calls and texts to just to check in. I also have enjoyed the feel good factor of performing random acts of kindness myself, although I'm not sure if my baking is up to speed yet! I hope kindness continues to be on everyone's agenda when things eventually settle down as I have no doubt that it is a very powerful coping strategy.
I also rely on exercise and fresh air as a coping strategy. I live beside the sea and it has been my rock over the years and even more so over the past 8 weeks. A long walk, a run on the beach or just some time out.