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With Time to Talk day on 7th February and Random Acts of Kindness day on the 17th, this month we are looking at how we can be friendly and kind to others and ourselves.
Small changes in our everyday behaviour can often have a profound effect on ourselves and those we encounter. Even something simple like acknowledging those you pass in the corridor or asking the name of the person who serves your morning coffee could have huge positive effects. Why not challenge yourself to smile at everyone you pass today – you might just make someone’s day!
With Random Acts of Kindness Day falling on 17th February, we are encouraging TUOS staff to perform a random act of kindness every day in February, whether its supporting a local business, bringing in a treat for your colleagues or taking some time out for yourself. Follow us on Twitter for a new random act of kindness idea every day.
Don’t forget that kindness doesn’t have to be limited to people we know, why not do something good for the environment and our local community and join our next Lunchtime Litterpick? By spending some time outdoors you are being kind to yourself too, bonus!
The frequency and quality of our connections with those around us, including family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, have a profound impact on our health and happiness. It is in the company of others that we often experience pleasure, share jokes and joy, are given companionship, support and kindness.
Thursday 7th February is Time to Talk Day, and we want to encourage everyone to have a conversation about mental health, whether that’s a chat with a colleague over a cup of tea or a quick text to check in on a friend. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk.
However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
Encouraging more conversations about mental health can aid learning and reduces stigma. The more we talk, the more we learn and the more lives we change.
The University of Sheffield have created the TALK model that helps staff to initiate and navigate conversations about mental health. If you want to start a conversation about mental health but you're not sure where to start, click here to read the guide.
To mark #TimetoTalk day, we are hosting a Walk and Talk with the Juice Walking Group on Thursday 7th February. This will be a great opportunity to take a break, have a chat, break the ice and open up about mental health. We will also be on hand to offer advice on the services and support available to staff at the University. Come along for an informal, no pressure chat whilst enjoying a lovely energising walk.
To book your place on the Juice Walk and Talk, please click here.