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We asked our content partner, Mind, for some top tips on how we can be kind during this global pandemic. Here’s what they said …

We know that you are feeling worried about the coronavirus, especially how it will affect you and your loved ones. Not being around or being able to see your friends, family and colleagues during this time can make it even harder but there are still ways you can spread kindness even from lockdown.

We’ve created four tips on how you can spread kindness during Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May).

1. Talk to someone – pick up the phone and speak to a colleague, family member or friend. See how they’re doing. Everyone is finding lockdown difficult and some aren’t getting as much interaction with others, especially if they’re elderly, live on their own or are a single parent. Don’t worry about not having enough to say, a simple ‘How are you?’ or ‘How are you coping?’ can go a long way.

2. Set up a book club – lots of people are taking advantage of the extra reading time they have right now. Reading can be a great way to switch off and unwind. Why not consider setting up a virtual book club and meeting with others online to discuss what you are reading together? You can invite colleagues and other friends and family members and ask them what they enjoyed about the book and what they would like to read next.

3. Send a gift – some of your employees might be finding lockdown really tough. They might be trying to juggle homeschooling with working from home or finding the news very overwhelming and upsetting right now. At Mind, we have a wellbeing subscription box, which you can send to colleagues, friends or family. The Pause Box includes activities and suggestions to help encourage relaxation, creativity and reflection.

4. Speak your mind – share your tips and stories of how you’re dealing with lockdown and working from home. By reaching out and connecting with colleagues, family and friends you can share your interests and ways of working with others around you. You might also find new interests from what others have shared with you. Follow our hashtag #speakyourmind on social media to see what tips and stories people are sharing with each other to help others cope with the new normal.

If you or someone you know needs mental health support here are some helpful links for advice and information, coronavirus and your mental health and coronavirus information for workplaces.

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