On Friday 22nd May, coming towards the end of mental health awareness week, it made sense for all of the Life Links staff to come together to talk about how we have all shown kindness towards others over the last week, as well as how we have shown self-compassion during this difficult time. At the start of mental health awareness week, I gave the Life Links staff the task of performing at least one random act of kindness over the course of the week. After discussing this within breakout rooms on Zoom and feeding back to the group, it was clear that we had all engaged in random acts of kindness which included baking for others, delivering food parcels, cooking for family, calling a distant friend and so on. One member of the team made a really good point about how we all seem to perform acts of kindness without knowing we are doing so. We then moved on to discuss how we have shown self-compassion during this unusual time, using a self-care bingo (pandemic edition) picture for inspiration! We could all relate to this in some way and the acts of self-compassion varied from simply getting out of our pyjamas to learning a new skill or hobby. Everyone got involved in the team activity and we all agreed that we felt good after simply talking about the acts of kindness that we have shown.
-Louise, Recovery Worker
Thanks to everyone who took part!