This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme of the campaign this year is "kindness matters".
Last year we wrote about why we think Krav Maga is good for your mental health. We are part of a club and community where we want to help people grow in skills and confidence, and the best atmosphere for that to happen is one where people are kind to each other. Being kind is different and more challenging than simply being “nice”. Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.
Being kind has numerous positive benefits:
It makes you feel good
It makes us feel connected and part of our community
It helps keeps things in perspective
It has a positive impact on other people as a wider benefit
Being kind is good for our mental health and for that of others too!
We’ve shared some information recently about building resilience. Resilience is an important and valuable quality to develop, so do check those out. Being resilient is about how you overcome difficulties, and come out the other side. But it doesn’t mean that tough times aren’t still tough. So if you are struggling just now, please remember to be kind to yourself as well.
Have a think if there is something you can do for others this week, and what kind thing you could do for yourself.
Further information from people who know what they’re talking about: