How to Show Kindness to Yourself and Others

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is kindness. We here at Paperchase never underestimate the importance of being kind. In fact, it’s one of our core values. Recent events (*cough* global pandemic *cough*) have ally shone a light on just how powerful kindness can be. So, we’ve decided to take a look at how we can be more kind to ourselves and those around us. 

A little kindness goes a long way

We’ve been amazed by the acts of kindness carried out during the Covid-19 crisis. So, we’ve asked members of the Paperchase community how they have been spreading the love. Here are a few of our favourite responses: 

  • “I send quotes from Pinterest to friends and make sure they know I’m always there for them!” 
  • “Being kind to strangers. Just a few warm words can really make someone’s day” 
  • “I steal words of advice from Taylor Swift” – we always say when in doubt, turn to Tay Tay! 
  • “I listen to other people’s stories to make them feel heard” 
  • “Buying stationery for myself and my friends” (always a good idea!) 
  • “I send loved ones thoughtful postcards and surprise gifts” 

In fact, a lot of you said you’ve been sending letters and cards to stay in touch with friends and family and cheer people up. We’ve loved seeing the Paperchase post that’s been making its way around the UK and beyond! 

Kindness card

It’s amazing how receiving a handwritten note from someone can really brighten your day. Knowing that they’ve taken the time to write something special just for you and put care and thought into each word on the page, really makes you feel loved and valued. 

Here at Paperchase, we think writing is such a wonderful way to show kindness that we have an extra-special selection of thoughtful cards designed to help lovely humans like you send a little love to other lovely humans. Whether you want to make them weep at the heartfelt beauty of your words or give them a boost with a positive postcard, we’ve got you covered! 

Kindness postcard

Bring it all back to you

S Club 7 obviously understood the importance of self-care before the rest of us! While showing kindness to others is really important, sometimes we can forget about ourselves in the process. Treating ourselves with compassion is often harder than extending it to others. It takes more work, it doesn’t always feel comfortable, and it’s not something that comes naturally to all of us. 

But, if we aren’t kind to ourselves, then we can’t really be our best for other people. Plus, there’s no reason you shouldn’t treat yourself with as much kindness as you show to your loved ones or even strangers. You can start by taking inspiration from your fellow Paperchasers: 

  • “Every evening I try to look in the mirror and tell myself one thing I’m proud of” 
  • “I practise self-compassion by treating myself with relaxing baths, a bit of pampering and movie days” 
  • “I make sure I take time off every now and then to reward myself for working hard” 
  • “I’m newly single so I treat myself to a date night – with myself!” 

Journaling is also a great way to carve out some ‘me time’ and learn how to be kinder to yourself. Our selection of journals covers everything from mindfulness and wellbeing to creativity and lifestyle, so you can find one that works for you and the areas you want to focus on. 

Keep up the kind work! 

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