Did you know that it is our actions and our thoughts that have the biggest impact on mental wellbeing? As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, today we’re looking at 'Give', one of the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' developed as part of our Wellbeing for Life resource.
Giving always generates a feel-good factor, as you see instant gratitude from the person who is receiving your kindness. It could be as small as posting a letter, or making a cup of tea for someone.
Some recent examples at MacIntyre of people giving include:
- A woman we support who is giving her talent by making knitted items. “Claire’s Quick Knits” include hats and scarves of every colour. Not only is she giving her time, but she is also selling the items to raise money for MacIntyre.
- Our volunteers who give their time to make a difference to the people we support, often meaning that extra activities can happen
- Our fundraisers kindly give their time to train for walks, runs, marathons and mountain climbing as well as baking cakes for Time for Tea events
Not only does 'giving' make a difference to someone else's life but by giving your time, talents or kindness you can meet new people, gain new skills and develop a sense of purpose; all of which help your mental wellbeing.