January 17th, known as 'Blue Monday' is the perfect time to get together with someone - a friend, an acquaintance, a complete stranger, and share a conversation. The best way to face our days, good and bad, is together.
Random Acts of Kindness
We quite often hear stories of people’s big gestures and random acts of kindness that have gone viral. You know the type; a stranger paid for a family’s meal in a restaurant, someone found a wad of cash in an envelope on the street with a note to enjoy or the person behind the old lady at the till in Tesco paid for her shopping.
There’s no doubt these are all wonderful stories of kindness. But not all random acts of kindness need to be grand gestures; or money orientated. In fact, doing good doesn’t need to cost a lot of time or money at all. Simple, small gestures of kindness can go a long way and make a big difference.
Being kind to others
In recent months, there’s been a lot of uncertainty and people have felt stressed and worried. But even during these times, it’s been incredible to see families, friends and communities come together and help one another out.
It’s so important to look after each other within our communities. This is how we protect and sustain good mental health for us all.
So, what random acts of kindness can you do? Below are just some of the things you can be doing to help others during these challenging times.
1. Make a call
2. Share some news
3. Inspire someone
4. Make someone smile
5. Provide some motivation
6. Offer a helping hand
The above are just 6 simple and small actions you can take which could make a big difference to someone else. For even more ideas, check out the Mental Health Foundation’s 50 random acts of kindness ideas.
Running from 18th – 24th May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, they believe that mental health is everyone’s business. So, for one week each May, they campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week; this year’s theme is kindness. Learn more about the campaign here.
Getting serious about the environment we live in.
To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! If we can reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by 1% then we will donate £10,000, 2% reduction means £20,000, 3% is £30,000 and so on, to 3 charities; BulliesOut, Planet Patrol and World Land Trust.Show me all news
It can be difficult putting yourself out there when you find yourself in a new environment. Student guest blogger Cesar takes us through his advice for what worked for him studying in Coventry.
Katie, a third year student at Plymouth College of Art talks about the problems students face in staying motivated and how to take advantage of your time.