The I Can Centre is "A Kinder Society" initiative promoting respect care & compassion
Kindness is essential for a peaceful, happy and loving home. Kindness includes:
Within such a context, people are more likely to be happy and confident; they are more likely to be able thrive and excel; and any instances of strife or disagreement can be followed with genuine discussion and/or apologies. Performances and relationships outside the home are also more likely to improve.
Self-care and kindness can also include accessing CBT support, or attending one of our informal community Stress Busters courses. Additionally, there is no assumption / need for anything to be "wrong" to access these supports. Instead, it is quite fine to attend these even for personal development, information and/or prevention.
Kindness begins with self-care and eating healthy and nourishing food regularly including eating plenty of fruit and vegetables a day (which can include growing our own). Healthy eating has many benefits:
Why wouldn’t we eat well?
Kindness also means taking time to exercise e.g. walking, dancing, gym, swimming; and looking after ourselves physically as these bodies have to last us decades. Exercise allows us to connect with others, and with nature and helps build resilience. It also helps improve our emotional health and can be fun and enjoyable, especially if walking outdoors and given this beautiful world we live in. Group activities like team sports can improve communication skills and relationships with others. Do get outdoors, don’t miss out!
See also our "Walking Saves Lives" project and come join in in the fun!
Kindness also means making time for hobbies, interests and activities that are enjoyable and fun. People with hobbies:
When we devote ourselves to a hobby, we take on new challenges that motivate us to learn new ways to improve.
What is your hobby? What helps you be happy?
Active listening shows interest, respect and care in close relationships. Not being listened to or heard in contrast can be distressing and upsetting. Active listening can improve with practice and can involve some key steps:
What is behind this? What are we telling ourselves?
What if we showed ourselves the same kindness or respect that we show others? How would your day / life change?
Feeling too anxious or tired to selfcare? Your battery a bit low?
The more little acts of kindness and care you do, the higher up your battery or mood goes! Try it for yourself!