World Kindness Day 2018

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With the festive season coming up and World Kindness Day being celebrated this week, it’s a great time to think about how we can be kinder to each other. I make the effort to spread extra kindness where I can and always “pay forward” kind gestures made to me.

Whilst it’s easy to get caught up in an endless to-do list and social engagements (especially around this time of year) it’s also a good idea to make sure you are taking good care of yourself and those around you. 

I came across some great tips on how to make kindness part of every day from Vanquis Bank.

Start Volunteering for a Cause Close to Your Heart

There are many ways that you can support causes or issues close to your heart, from financial donations to volunteering your time and efforts.

Check in with a Friend

We’ve recently had Mental Health Awareness Day, which is a great reminder to check in on those around you.  If you know someone is going through a challenging time, reach out to them and ask how you can support them as a friend.

Support a Charity When Possible

Sober October inspired many to ditch the booze for a month and give the money saved to charity. Why not choose something to abstain from and donate the money to a charity instead?

Buy Someone an Unexpected Gift

Next time you are buying yourself a coffee or snack, why not pay for the person behind you in the queue as well? This can be done anonymously, and it’ll really make a difference to someone’s day.

Give Someone an Appropriate Compliment

Even the smallest piece of praise can make someone’s day, so why not let someone know how much you appreciate them, what a great job they’ve done at work or perhaps even something you admire about them?

Give up Your Seat on Public Transport

When on your commute to work or simply travelling around, give up your seat to an elderly person, pregnant woman or someone who might have trouble standing during the journey. The small act of kindness will be greatly received.

Share Something Funny

You never know when someone could use a good laugh, share something funny via your social media, send it to friends or family members. Something as simple as a quick laugh can brighten their day.

Smile

We’re so used to being on our phones that we often forget to notice the people around us. A simple smile or greeting can lighten a person’s mood.

Say Thank You

It’s easy to forget to show appreciation, but so valuable when you do. Make a point of thanking bus drivers, waiters and anyone else that you interact with during the day. A small gesture of gratitude can go a long way.

Connect with Your Neighbours

Keep an eye out for your neighbours, say hello, ask if they need anything and pay particular attention to the elderly in your community – they might need help or company.

Even though World Kindness Day is only one day year, try and be kind and make someone’s day throughout the year. It doesn’t cost a thing. 

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Loneliness

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Today is World Mental Health Day and I want to talk about loneliness. New research has shown that loneliness is no longer just a problem that only impacts older people, it can also impact younger people too. What this new research highlights is the fact that a large percentage of adults are reporting feeling loneliness for one reason or another, which is a rather sad concept – no one should feel lonely. Loneliness is something that many experience every day.

I’m not going to lie, loneliness can be difficult to deal with and can have a huge impact on your mental health and happiness, which is why it’s essential that if you are struggling with loneliness that you take steps to change that.

The fact is that while it’s not always easy to improve the social life that you have and step out of leading a lonely life, it is possible to do so. Are you wondering what it takes to lead a more sociable life and stop feeling lonely? Have a read of the tips below and implement them in terms of how you lead your life.

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

One of the number one reasons that people suffer from loneliness is because they struggle to step outside of their comfort zone. If you are the kind of person who struggles with anxiety, stepping outside of your comfort zone might not be as easy as you would think. It’s hard to be brave but worth the effort. You need to find the courage to take that leap of faith, a great way to do that is to set an incentive for yourself if you manage to do something that you wouldn’t normally do. You might find that despite wanting to that you just can’t, and in that case, it could be time to ask for

Set Aside Time for Socialising

With the hectic work schedules that many of us have, it’s not always easy to make time for seeing friends or making new friends. However, unless you want to be lonely, it’s essential that you set aside time each week for seeing your friends or for making new ones. Take a look at your weekly schedule and determine when and where you can fit time in to socialise. By making time for this you can ensure that you actually have time to see your friends. It’s all about prioritising your self-care.

Try Something New

Sometimes, it can feel impossible to make new friends. Meeting new people is easy when you’re younger; when you’re mixing with lots of people at school or university, but as you get older it can become extremely difficult to meet new people. One of the best ways to meet someone new is by trying out new things.

The first step to take when it comes to finding something new to do is to Google activities in your local area. You will be amazed at the wide range of options that are available for you to try, from tango classes to sign language classes. You will also find that there are various socials arranged, such as walks, *pub crawls, and sports match watching events that anyone can attend. It’s not always easy making new friends, but trying out new things can make the process far easier, particularly if you attend a wide number of different local activities and events.

Not sure what to try out? Think about what you enjoy doing and look for local events and activities that might fit your interests. For instance, say you enjoy playing sports, perhaps you could find a local sports club to join, or if you’re someone who loves to cook, perhaps you could opt to join a local cooking class.

Loneliness is a serious problem and can have a serious impact on your general health and happiness, which is why it’s so important that you find a way to combat loneliness and improve your social life in a positive way. Hopefully, the tips and ideas above will help you to do that, so that you can prevent lonliness and associated problems from occuring in your life.

If you are struggling with any physical or mental health issues please see your GP who will be able to offer tailored support to meet your individual needs and also signpost you to other sources of help.

*Always drink responsibly.

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