Destroying COVID-19 with Kindness
This year’s theme of ‘kindness’ for Mental Health Awareness Week seems more fitting than ever before.
2020 promised to be a liberating start to a new decade, but it soon became apparent that all was not as it seemed. With China experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak as the new year started, the nationwide shock of losing a beloved TV presenter in Caroline Flack, the devastating Australian bushfires and the fast-approaching spread of the virus amongst our own country – 2020 was not all it cracked up to be.
However, amongst the global panic, desperation and grief, humanity has shone through in acts of kindness amongst our communities.
The Mental Health Foundation’s research has shown that kindness and our mental health are intrinsically linked, and with the effects of the pandemic touching us all in different ways, it’s important now more than ever to protect our mental health.
Kindness unites, deepens friendships, creates a sense of belonging and develops optimism. All the qualities we need in our workplaces, schools, communities, and relationships. We have seen it in the determination of Captain Tom Moore, and perhaps more closely we have seen it amongst ourselves – sharing well wishes to our colleagues and clients, sending cards or gifts to the loved ones we cannot spend time with, or running a 5K to raise money for the cause.
At HR Star, we’ve shared the struggles we have faced during the transition from office life to working from home, amongst the worry and uncertainty that the pandemic has brought to our doorsteps. Simply listening, praising each other’s hard work and sharing positive and motivational quotes has demonstrated how kind we are as a team, to each other, and ourselves.
Roy Bennet wrote that ‘a random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life’. Helping with a household chore, donating to your local foodbank, reaching out to an old friend, or lending an ear to a colleague, can all go much further than we may think.
So, whilst we can pause, re-set and re-think…
What will you do today to be kind?
How will we continue to spread kindness following the defeat of the virus?
And how will you be kind to yourself?