Being kind, isn’t just about being kind to others around us, neighbours and the community. We should also be kind to ourselves.
There are many positive benefits to treating ourselves well. Kindness and empathy help us relate to other people and have more positive relationships with friends, family, and even the strangers we encounter (at a safe distance) in our daily lives. Apart from improving personal relationships, kindness actually makes us healthier.
Remember that part of mindfulness and self-care involves reflection. Do stop and take the time to think about and process how you’re feeling. We can get so wrapped up in supporting others that we forget about ourselves. We can say things about ourselves that we wouldn’t dream of saying to another person.
Take time to recognise your feelings, reflect on these thoughts and show yourself some compassion.
Some people become angry, others can become withdrawn and many of us struggle to process our feelings in the first place.
One way to get in control is to get active. Doing more exercise will help you to feel better and more relaxed. It will also burn off stress hormones, boost endorphins and take your mind off your daily worries. In a study, researchers at the University of Leeds found that exercise during the day helped to improve mood and performance.
Doing practical activities can also be a real help. Fix that thing you’ve been meaning to mend or clear out a cupboard. Whatever practical and physical activity you do, take time for quiet contemplation while you're doing it.
Most importantly, we’re all in this together and you’re not alone. Visit our Wellbeing page for more online support and advice.