Mental Wellness & Compassion
We are in a pandemic; an unprecedented time in our history. This has dramatically changed our everyday lives, and unfortunately some have experienced illness, and lost loved ones. Together we are experiencing isolation, fear, anxiety, low mood, and many more uncertainties and unknowns about now and the future. Let’s focus on mental health awareness within the lens of kindness and compassion.
What is compassion? Compassion literally means: suffering together. When we feel and understand distress in others, compassion gives us the courage and wisdom to do something about it. It motivates us to help, to be kind, and to give and support others who are suffering because we know instinctively what they need to ease that suffering. This is what we have seen in our communities and in our workforce over the past two months. It has powerful energy. When there is so much around us that remains unknown, our compassion, kindness and humanity give us certainty and safety.
Being compassionate and kind is, however, not just about giving to others. We need to be compassionate and kind to ourselves, otherwise it is incomplete. We must try not to judge ourselves so harshly in our relationships, as parents, and in our jobs. This is a time to appreciate who we are as individuals, to recognise and value our different strengths, and accept our common humanity. We are all less than perfect and we are all doing the best we can in the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Be Well ~ Clarity Counselling