Make Yourself at Home… for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

For Mental Health Awareness Week, we asked Abigail Smyth to edit our weekly internal blog called Make Yourself at Home. She is Chair of our LIT Balance committee in Belfast – LIT Balance positively influences our employees’ wellbeing by supporting activities and skills focused on emotional, physical and financial health. 

You can find a summary of some of our previous Make Yourself at Home blogs here.


Mental Health Awareness Week - Kindness Matters

Our senior leadership have communicated the importance of ‘Family first, work second’ … and this message couldn’t be more critical when it comes to caring for ourselves and our families from both an emotional and physical standpoint. Each of us needs to find our own unique routine - one in which we’ll be able to come out on the other side emotionally and physically well

Over the past several weeks I’ve slowly built up my own routine that seems to be working for me … and I’ve found that showing that extra bit of kindness to myself as well as others has really helped. You may think a small act of kindness won’t make a big difference – but it truly does. And lots of small acts of kindness can really add up to a big impact. Remember the film ‘Pay It Forward’ – it taught us that one act of kindness can lead to many more.

I have two challenges for each of you:

1) find 30 minutes every day this week and focus on something you enjoy or ‘need’ emotionally or physically, and

2) pay it forward with an act of kindness to someone else.


Kindness to yourself

Maybe you’re feeling a few more aches and pains lately …take 30 minutes for desk stretches or chair yoga. Listen to a wellbeing podcast and focus on something that is important to you – nutrition, better sleeping, mindfulness. Learn something you’ve always wanted to learn, whether it’s something professional or a new hobby.

Take a break from the screen and go for a walk, read a book, get out in the garden, play with your kids. Maybe you’ve always wanted to give running a try?  Get started with these tips for those new to running.


Kindness to others

Never got around to saying thanks to a colleague for going the extra mile?  Send them a message to show your appreciation. Send a motivational text to a friend that is struggling.  Call a friend or family member who is experiencing loneliness or isolation, or find some local volunteering opportunities.

If you’re able, consider donating blood to someone in need (NI Blood TransfusionIrish Blood Transfusion Service). On Thursday night, take time to #ClapForOurCarers @ 8pm.


Useful links

Here are some more helpful links for looking after your physical and emotional health and wellbeing:


Take care and look after yourselves!

LIT Balance