In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, Emma Browning – Livability Wellbeing Programmes Manager, based at Livability Holton Lee – is offering top tips for considering kindness.
At Livability we take wellbeing, mindfulness and happiness as top priority for the people we support, our staff and our wider community. Emma’s message has been shared with staff this week, and we would love to invite you, our supporters, to explore the value of kindness too.
“This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and I was really pleased to see that the theme is kindness, because kindness can shine a light into the darkness for all of us.
Many people choose to work in the care sector because they are naturally kind and caring people. Livability is no exception and looking deep within the charity you will find an enormous amount of kindness flowing throughout. The light that we bring to the people we support both directly and indirectly is something we should all be proud of.
The greatest and most visible act of kindness has in the last few months been our willingness to stay inside and protect our health services during this time. Although it has come at a cost, the depth of compassion shown for people who we will probably never meet has been truly awe inspiring.
In every act of kindness, there is the potential for one person to feel supported and cared for and the other to feel valued and useful. The act of giving and receiving bonds us with others.
There are many complex reasons why some people find this challenging. We can perceive it to be a sign of weakness or incompetency or that by asking, we somehow lower ourselves. Because of this, it is common for people to struggle on in silence. However, if we can reframe the concept of asking for help as a way that we can support the other person to increase their wellbeing, through feeling valued and useful, it can lighten the weight of the ask.
“Kindness is the language which a deaf person can hear and a blind person can see.” Mark Twain