World Kindness Day 13 November 2020

World Kindness Day is a global day that aims to create a kinder world and to highlight the value of kindness in society. Its mission is to inspire individuals and nations towards greater kindness by increasing the amount of kind acts that take place nationwide and making kindness a greater part of day to day life.

Many of us aim to show kindness to others and part of World Kindness Day is to pledge a good deed to someone else, but what about being kind to ourselves? Being kinder to yourself can help to reduce levels of anxiety and depression as well as improving your ability to cope with everyday life. It can also boost your self-esteem which in turn improves relationships with others and equips us to deal with new experiences.

Here are a few ways of being kinder to yourself…….

Do something you love each day

Make time for yourself every day – take a lunch break, go for a walk, chat to a friend, carve out some time in the evening or weekend – time for just for you.   Use it to do something you love doing – not something you should do.…and don’t feel guilty!

Focus on the positive

Nobody’s perfect.  Accept that you will get things wrong sometimes or make the wrong decisions – this is totally normal! Focus on what you have done well, acknowledge your achievements and accept compliments when they happen, whether at work or in your private life.

Think about what YOU want and need

It is easy to get caught up with thinking about what we don’t want, but we must ask ourselves what we do want too.  Take some time to think about your own needs and ambitions.  Remember this is not what you think you should want or what others want for you.  Now think about taking actions towards those goals, breaking them down into manageable steps.  Focus on achieving small goals each day but don’t be disheartened if things take longer than you hoped for.

Look after yourself

Eat well, sleep well and take regular exercise. Avoid self-medicating with alcohol/drugs.  Fresh air and daylight have a huge impact on our positivity especially in the winter months.  Ensure you prioritise your own physical health as this can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.

Be inspired

Look for new ways to be inspired and challenged. Try learning a new skill or language or identify some training at work which may enhance your role. Learning and knowledge can really help to promote good wellbeing, especially at work.  Allow yourself time to seek inspiration from those around you, whether colleagues or friends. Taking on a new challenge can be hugely rewarding.

Don’t compare yourself to others

This is far easier said than done. It is human nature to compare ourselves against others, but this can be detrimental to our self-esteem.  Keep things in perspective and remember we are all different. Celebrate your own achievements as well as those of others.

Do a good deed

Being kind to yourself increases your capacity and willingness to help others. Being kind to others, whether strangers or friends, helps you feel good about yourself – it strengthens your relationships and improves your self-esteem. It can be tiny noticeable things like paying someone a compliment, sending an uplifting message to a friend or it could be buying a stranger a coffee. Why not pledge to carry out an act of kindness for World Kindness Day?

Here is the link to the World Kindness Day where you can find some inspiring ideas.

Emma Long

Emma Long

Emma has a Degree in Law and is a qualified solicitor. She left private practice to become an Employment Law Consultant in the banking sector for a number of years before joining the Education HR team as an HR Consultant in October 2012. Her current role includes drafting and updating the HR model policies, procedures, guidance and toolkits to ensure they are fit for purpose and legally compliant. Emma supports the Education HR team to ensure they are up to date with Employment Law developments and ensures the Education HR website is regularly updated. She also assists her HR advice line colleagues to respond to complex queries as they arise. Emma is an experienced trainer and she delivers a variety of programmed and bespoke training to schools, together with planning our training offer and developing new training courses. She is also a school governor at a Junior School in Brentwood.