Here in the UK, it is mental health awareness week and the theme is kindness.
So, I have a challenge for you!
Below you will see 2 lists – ‘Acts of kindness to others’ and ‘Acts of kindness to yourself’. Your Challenge is to choose 2 acts (one from each list) every day this week.
List 1 – Acts of Kindness to Others
Pay someone a compliment, or tell someone that you really value them
Send someone a handwritten letter or card in the mail
Prepare for a family member their favourite meal
Pick up some litter on your daily walk
Write a great review online for a local business
Offer to get some shopping or run an errand for a neighbour
Email someone a ‘voucher’ to offer to babysit or do a practical chore for them
Give a ‘voucher’ to someone in your family
Arrange to donate blood
Smile at more than one person the next time you go out
Plant some seeds
Do the chores even when its someone else’s turn
Make someone, (yourself is fine) Breakfast in bed
Order one of your favourite books online and have it delivered to a friend
Leave a tip for the postie or the refuse collectors, tough jobs right now.
Offer to walk a dog for someone you know is busy or self-isolating.
Leave some seeds out for the birds
Share the recipe for your favourite ‘signature dish’
List 2 – Acts of Kindness to Yourself
Soak in a hot bath with essential oils
Walk-in nature and notice what you see and hear.
Order a small treat for yourself online
Buy a beautiful journal and a new pen
Draw your name in the centre of a heart, and write around it everything that you love about yourself
Write I love you on post-it notes, and stick it to a mirror (other people in the house can think it means them!)
Plan an early night with a great book, and a hot chocolate
Do some simple yoga stretches and thank your body for being able to move.
Make yourself a wonderful cocktail/mocktail for me! or your favourite drink in a lovely glass
I would love for you to share with me what comes up for you!
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