Kindness || Mental health awareness week
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From the 18th May – 24th May we celebrate Mental health Awareness Week (#MHAW). This year the theme is “Kindness” (previously sleep but due to Covid-19 it was changed) and right now it couldn’t be a better theme given our current situation.

This week my Mon/Wed/Fri schedule will be going out of the window in place of more posts themed around Mental health.

As a blogger who focuses on Mental health content I thought it was not only important but appropriate to make this week a massive focus on the issue.

If you normally come for my lifestyle or LGBTQIA+ related content, don’t worry, it will be back next week!

Kindness

Kindness in society as a whole is important. I like to think for the most of us, we do make an effort to be kind to people consciously or not.

I wanted to focus today on making conscious decisions to #bekind and what that can do for people, whether they have a mental health condition or not.

Some really simple ways of expressing kindness is to acknowledge someone is there, whether it be a smile as you walk by someone, or a simple “hello”.

These are simple things that can brighten up someone’s day. I always try to make a conscious effort to smile at people. I know when someone does it to me, it makes me feel good and I want to pass that on.

I’m also extremely conscious that I have resting bitch face so giving someone a smile shows I’m not scowling at them or unapproachable.

What I like about the “hello” scenario is that it can open up to a conversation with someone. I always imagine to myself that I may be the only person they speak to that day.

Whilst it wasn’t easy for me to start doing this, thanks to social anxiety and not being the best conversationalist, I at least make an effort to make small talk with people.

Honestly I think it’s nice to show an interest in what they’re saying and to give people my time. I know when it’s reciprocated it makes me feel nice and valued.

Simple Acts.

Sometimes a simple act of kindness can make someone’s day. I know that some customers in my workplace only come out once a day. It’s sad to think that some days we are the only people they speak to. I always make sure to give them extra time to have a conversation or a moan (which is normally the case).

There’s obviously many ways to be kind to people on large and small scales, you may be a hospital visitor, you may work with charities, you might be like me and just smile at people.

I honestly think kindness is so important, to be generous with your time, to check in on people, or if you know someone with a mental health condition, to make sure they’re doing okay. Offering support, or to educate yourselves on their condition, it all makes a big difference to other people’s lives.

So go out and #BeKind (it costs nothing to be kind to people!)

Take care, stay safe

James. aka Anothermaleblogger

Mental Health Resources: (should you need them)

Childline

Samaritans

Mind

Young Minds

Time to Change

Please feel free to leave other links in the comment section and I’ll add them to future posts!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. clairelomax2018

    Being kind is one of the simplest ways to show others we care. We definitely need to show more kindness towards others, especially at this difficult time.

    Greta post x

  2. Clarissa

    I love this James! Being kind is incredibly important. I tend to be a smiler like you. I never really noticed how much I was though until we had to start wearing masks! Now I still find myself trying to smile at people, and then feeling very silly when I remember they can’t see and probably just think I’m making weird eye contact… 😂🤷‍♀️

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