Hello and welcome back to the HR acts of kindness virtual advent calendar, I hope you are fully rested and feeling kinder to yourselves after yesterday’s challenge.
Today we are turning our kindness attentions to our social media channels, many of us are on several social media platforms, so there’s plenty of opportunity to spread some net-based joy!
“Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most.”
This year seems to have flown by and as our lives get busier, it seems that there is even less time for ourselves which can take a huge toll upon our mental health and general wellbeing.
Whilst HR acts of kindness is designed to bring smiles and joy to others, it is also important to remember that these acts can also make us feel good too.
Being kind to ourselves sounds easy when it is written as a simple statement, but it is one of the most difficult things we can do, we are our own worst critic so most of us are really hard on ourselves, creating bubbles of excess pressure from various sources; it could be that you don’t feel good about your weight or that you made a simple mistake at work, that internal voice is always quick to negatively appear and say something that damages our confidence and makes us feel pretty rubbish about ourselves.
It’s 13th November which means that it is World Kindness Day! This is one of my absolute favourite days of the year, it is so much better than the other random days such as national donut day (yes there’s actually a day for that!)
World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, people from all over the world attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations. The day was was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.
Today is world mental health day and whilst social media is alive with support, I can’t help but think about how mental health has become such a wider issue and how this has been responded to within organisations.
Long gone are the days where people “leave their problems at the door” before walking into their workplaces each morning, now there is a much greater emphasis for organisations to be more proactive when it comes to supporting employees mental health and wellbeing.
Promoting positive mental health at work is a great place to start, many employers have Employee Assistance Programmes, Occupational Health facilities and some are taking it that one step further by implementing Mental Health First Aiders within their businesses to proactively support employees.
Your words have the power to inspire others to help them become something they never thought was possible.
Last week’s HR Acts of Kindness saw us use our words to pass on positive messages to those around us and I’ve received some lovely messages from all over the world telling me how this simple idea has really helped their own outlook at work or at home in challenging times. Thank you for all getting in touch and spreading your positivity!
For every positive, there’s always going to be the attraction of a negative opinion, that is if you actively seek them. By having a positive outlook, this will help someone succeed; this has certainly been the case for me recently, I’ve avoided doing my coursework for a long time until my husband said to me, it’s not going to do itself, yes you’re busy, but this matters to you so you need to rethink how you feel about it and get stuck into the books!