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February 14th to the 20th is Random Acts of Kindness Week – a week to prioritise kind gestures towards others.

The organisation ‘Random Acts of kindness Foundation’ (https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/) is raising awareness for the week and is offering resources and ideas to aid people in campaigning.

The smallest act of kindness can change a life, for both the giver and the receiver. Acting compassionately:

  • Benefits mental health and happiness
  • Helps reduce stress
  • Improves emotional wellbeing
  • Improves support networks
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Creates a sense of belonging for the receiver – important during the pandemic when feelings of isolation are high
  • Can boost confidence and optimism
  • Encourages the receiver to repeat the good deeds they’ve experienced

Here are some examples of random acts of kindness that you can try:

  • Call/write to a friend
  • Help with household chores 
  • Support a local business
  • Check in on someone who is going through a tough time 
  • Offer to help an elderly or vulnerable neighbour 
  • Support a charity
  • Litter picking
  • Wish people a good morning or afternoon 
  • Have a break from social media
  • Go outside for a walk and spend time in nature

If you feel you are suffering due to your mental health and feel you would like further support, The Eaves has a variety of trained Counsellors, Psychologists and Psychotherapists in Guildford, Godalming and Farnham. Our professionals see individuals of all ages, families, couples and young people 12 hours a day, Monday to Saturday between 9am and 9pm. Please call 01483 917000. You can also send us an enquiry. Click here to find out more.

 

Sources:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/