Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 takes place on 18th – 24th May and this year’s theme is Kindness.

It goes without saying that the covid-19 pandemic has affected our daily lives immensely. However there has been an inspiring amount of kindness seen around including people clapping in their doorways for the NHS and key workers, Captain Tom Moore raising more than £30m by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday and the Captain receiving over 25,000 birthday cards from the public.

It is reported that practicing kindness can boost the happy hormone (serotonin and dopamine) levels in the brain. On the other hand negative emotions such as anger, stress and anxiety increase the production of cortisol - the stress hormone which leads to weakened immune system and weight gain. Simply by being kinder in our daily lives we can reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing and physical health.

Let’s join in making the world a happier place by carrying out random acts of kindness. It could be making a phone call to a friend who you haven’t spoken for a long time, baking a cake or doing shopping for a neighbour who is struggling at the moment. These can be as big or small as you would like it to be. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself too! These can be watching your favourite film or taking a long relaxing bath which is essential for your general wellbeing.

Please share your stories of random acts of kindness, we love to hear them all. You can email them to Tsedal – [email protected]

We are also organising a Wellbeing discussion on Zoom with Direct Action Project on Friday 22nd May from 4 -5 pm. For more information contact reception on 0207 549 8181 or email [email protected]