Kindness and mental health

Feeling Strong's Campaigns & Lobbying Lead, Stephanie, shares her view of the theme of this years Mental Health Awareness Week - kindness!


As most of you know, it is the end of Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for this year is Kindness. Kindness is important, especially with the way our world is right now.

Please, if you are going anywhere or phoning any organisations during this pandemic, show kindness to the workers. They are in the same boat as you and have no idea what is going on. I can guarantee you that they are stressed but if you are kind and show them compassion, I am sure they will remember you as it may change their mood for the day! A lot of us are using social media to pass our time during lockdown and as much as it is keeping us in contact with friends and family or entertained, it can also take a toll on mental health. Whether it be our own or others.

As we scroll down our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds we may see people doing things or wearing things we wish we could. People share their lives on social media and you generally see the good side of it, which makes it easy for people to compare that life with our own. It is important to remember that these people who post great things about their life have bad days too and that they are human. Whether they are celebrities or not. You never know, they may even compare themselves to others. But you should take this time to find the love for yourself, which is easier said than done. If you have a bad make up day, get bad angles to a photo or feel like your body doesn’t look right, that is okay because I can assure you, it happens to these people too!

You have the power to control your own narrative. Do what YOU have to do. Although we need to be kind to people, we also, more importantly, need to be kind to ourselves.