I remember sitting down trying to record a video like this two years ago, during my ‘silent work’ – which was basically me working on getting myself to a good place and preparing myself to relaunch. It was so difficult. the anxiety that came from that alone was unbearable. I got a really good response from the I’m Back video…it shocked me as I really expected the opposite. A mix of lack of confidence and fear proven wrong as the response shows, this subject can be spoken about.
This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. Although I am not a child, Mental Health is a close subject to my heart and spreading awareness of Mental Health and how we can all help those around us and ourselves, is very important.
Since my first relaunch video, a lot of people have personally asked me to cover a video on anxiety – I’ve had comments asking how I have ‘overcome’ anxiety and what I would suggest. This video outlines managing anxiety, in my way, in more detail but in short – I haven’t overcome it. Thats not me being negative. I have come a long way on this journey. I have defiantly learnt to tame it. But unfortunately Anxiety never really leaves us.
We live in a world where judgement feels more natural than kindness in majority of people, please don’t fall into this statistic – be kind and nice to all you meet and see and live by that old saying our parents taught up – ‘if you have nothing nice to say don’t say it at all’. Everyone, especially children, can become so effected by negative or judgemental comments and the smallest act of kindness can push them in a postive direction rather than a spiralling negative one. Children especially, are more absorbent to what is said to them – please be wary of what your saying.
As mentioned in my video, here is a list of small acts of kindness you can particularly focus on to spread more kindness this week (and in general) – love, kindness, support and understanding all feed positive warmth to someone who is suffering, especially with Anxiety, which in turn will help them feel better whether its a small amount or a lot.
Small Acts of Kindness
- Give a genuine compliment to three people right now.
- Gently smile at everyone you see
- Bring someones favourite treats as a surprise.
- When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to change the direction with saying something nice.
- Tell someone you love – that you love them
- Help someone in need – whether that be someone struggling with something that you can physically see / holding the door open for them / picking something up they have dropped – offer help.
- Compliment a stranger and a loved one.
- If in a social scenario – move away from the crowd, speak to someone who appears to be or is alone
- Let the person who seems rushed in-front of you
- Be encouraging
- Show appreciation for others and their small and big actions
- Help someone with your knowledge
- Spend time with people – even if your not doing anything – it could lift their day just having some company
- Make the first move – organise / plan something don’t wait for others
- Let grudges go
- See a well behaved child? compliment the behaviour with the parent if possible
- be silly
- be optimistic
- leave nice comments on social medias (not pervy…) we all live for likes and comments – this could help give someone that extra push and motivation they need
- Like something someone has – stranger or loved one – tell them!
- Selflessly help others
- Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.
- Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking. (Surprisingly few people master this.)
- Leave a tip (make sure the waiter/waitress gets it rather than the restaurant)
- Let the person behind you go ahead of you with less things
- Give someone your seat on public transport if your able.
- Know something small a friend / loved one wants? buy it for them in fund stretch
- When you go somewhere offer people around you to pick up anything they need
- Give someone you know a cuddle!
- Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
- Stop to talk to a homeless person.
- Give someone a tissue who’s crying in the public, and offer to talk about it, but only if they want to.
- Listen intently.
- Say thank you to everyone!
- Be encouraging
- Give people the benefit of the doubt
- Every night before you go to bed, think of three things you’re grateful for.
Thought of Anymore?
If you think of anymore please share them in the comment section below and if you have done any please let me know which ones – i’d love to hear 🙂
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Keep an eye out for more Mental Health related causes on my social media that i’m getting involved in this week in conjunction with NELFT (NHS). Handles for all socials are @ChynaDesveaux