The BBC Bitesize seven days of kindness challenge

With everything that’s going on right now, it can be hard to see how you can make a difference. But you can!

Even the smallest act of kindness can make a huge impact on somebody’s day. That’s why the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘kindness’.

Think about the last time someone was kind to you. How did that make you feel - cared for? Connected? Part of a community?

In a socially distant world it is easy to feel a bit lonely. But by doing something nice for those around you, you can brighten up their day - and yours!

Kindness can be contagious as it boosts the mood of those around you.

Seven days of kindness

Day 1: Make a cup of tea for someone in your family Just remember to ask them how milky they like it and whether they take sugar.

Day 2: Send someone you haven’t seen in ages a letter or a postcard If you’re feeling creative, why not personalise the postcard with your own handmade design? It could be a happy memory of something you did together.

Day 3: Donate food or clothes to people in need As recycling centres start to reopen in some areas, it will be easier for you to donate good quality clothes. Please don’t leave bags outside of closed charity shops.

Day 4: Bake a cake or some biscuits to cheer someone up As well as getting to eat some delicious food, you might find the baking itself quite calming. Just remember to switch the oven on. We’ve all made that mistake before…

Day 5: Ask your parents for a chore that would really help them out They’ll really appreciate that you’re thinking about how to make their lives a little easier at a stressful time.

Day 6: Video call someone you know is feeling a bit lonely If you feel awkward just video calling someone for a chat, why not turn it into a game of some kind? Or read a book together?

Day 7: Be kind to yourself and spend some time on you Being kind to yourself is just as important as being kind to others. Do things that you enjoy doing and that you know help you to feel calm and relaxed.

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