Hello friends! As many of my UK friends may know, it’s mental health awareness week. I am not from the UK, but I’m definitely not going to miss this opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and spread some kindness. The Mental Health Foundation has stated that this year’s theme is kindness, so I thought I would only be fitting to share some easy ways to brighten someone’s day.
Shoot them a text
If you haven’t talked to this person in a while, chances are they’ll smile when they see that they received a text from you. I’m many situations, people want to reach out, but don’t feel comfortable. Making the first step will definitely boost both of your moods.
Related: “Reminder: Check in on Your Friends”
Go for a walk with your parents
I don’t know about you, but every single night after dinner, my parents ask me and my siblings if we want to go for a walk with them. Our reply is “no” most nights. I saw a tweet the other day, I don’t remember who it was from, but they were a parent at they said they they do the same thing because they just want to spend time with their teen. Say “yes” to your parents every once in a while (or every day) because it will really make their day, and in the long run, you’ll be glad you spent that time together.
Thank your postal worker
I did this a while ago as a part of the positivity project, which was created by Emily and some other amazing bloggers. I cannot take credit for this idea, but it’s such a great way to show your appreciation! What I did was make a very colorful sign that read, “Postal workers and delivery drivers… thank you for all you do… stay safe!” I then hung the sign on my door, where they could see it, pretty simple, but maybe don’t use yellow marker😬
My absolute favorite thing! I get really proud and happy for random people, and just recently I’ve been sharing that with them. That probably sounds creepy, but it’s not (I think…) I basically just giving a really enthusiastic and heartfelt compliment. I promise you that this will make you feel good as well. Even when it’s over text, or through an Instagram comment, you can feel the happiness and glow from that person.
Contact a grandparent
This is a scary time, especially for our grandparents. My grandmother lives alone and doesn’t really have tons of contacts with others. We started FaceTiming her once a week, and you could tell how happy it makes her! I strongly urge you to text, call, FaceTime, or write a letter to your grandparents.
Smile at strangers
I feel like there’s tension between everyone on the streets. When I’m walking, and cross the street because there’s someone else, it almost feels rude. I’ve also noticed that people out and about have become less social and friendly. Let’s stop some of that coldness and loneliness with a simple smile. It’s possible that you come off as creepy (I always feel weird when I don’t receive a kind look back). Whatever, it’s fine, you’ll probably never them again…
Help your parents
There are so many things you can do to help around the house! Recently, my sisters and I have started making dinner twice a week, and my parents are super appreciative. Other ideas include chores, like vacuuming, taking out the trash, or even baking a sweet for the family to enjoy!
Related: “How to Survive Quarantine with your Parents”
Send cards out to your friends
Spend an afternoon drawing up or writing out some cute heartfelt cards for your friends. You can either mail them out or go on a little adventure and drop them off at their houses!
I’m always finding brightly colored rocks in my neighborhood! This is such a fun project, and a great way to spread some joy. Recruit a younger sibling to help you paint some rocks and then hide them in your neighborhood! Little kids love finding these rocks!
Repost kind messages
This one is super easy and also really fun! Go onto Instagram and search for some inspirational and kind posts (like the one below)! Share them on your story so others can see!
I really hope that you’ll put these ideas to use! If you decide to share your acts of kindness, please tag me on Instagram (@meghans.teen.life)! As much as we want to help others, it’s really important to look after ourselves! For that reason, I’ll be posting an “Ultimate Self Care Day Guide” on Saturday. I hope to see you then!