It is a time full of unknowns and disappointments. Schools were shut down, events were canceled, the news is scary, and life can seem pretty troubling. This is an unprecedented time, and we need unprecedented kindness. How can you be kind and still protect yourself and your family?
Here are some ideas:
5 Ways to Be Kind to Your Community
Kids are going hungry because they are no longer getting school lunches. Many others in our community have lost their job and require assistance. If you know anyone experiencing this – try to reach out! If no one comes to your mind, then give to your local food bank.
When it comes to supplies and groceries, please don’t take more than you need. If you bought extra, take it to the emergency rooms, police stations, and fire stations. If you order takeout or eat out, try leaving a bigger tip than usual.
Remember the caretakers.
Encourage health professionals and first responders by saying thank you. You can make an encouraging post on their social media channel. Also remember, if you have to go to the doctor’s office, hospital, or dentist – practice grace and understanding if they are short on time, resources, or answers.
Support local businesses.
Buy gift cards to use at a later time or order takeout. Keep your memberships going. Continue to give to your church and area nonprofits and give more if you can.
Be a good neighbor.
Let your neighbors know that you care by checking in with them and making sure they have everything they need. Try to be aware of your elderly neighbors and those who live alone.
5 Ways to Be Kind to Your Family and Friends
Eat and drink well.
Cook something you’ve never had the time to cook before! Check out www.pinterest.com for more fun recipes that you can try with the whole family.
Turn up the music, sing along in funny voices, and have a costume dance party! Laugh and then laugh some more. FaceTime some of your friends and get them to join virtually.
Have family time.
Play those games that your kids always want to play! Play a game of HORSE on the basketball court. Maybe even use that fire pit you put in years ago.
Reach out! Write letters to family members. Write personalized messages to your childhood or college friends that you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Detail what is happening in your life and ask them questions about theirs. Tag old photos of friends and family.
Pick up the phone.
Call your grandparents, your aunt, your best friend! Utilize FaceTime to see the faces of the people you miss!
5 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself
Reorganize and clean out your drawers and closets. Sort folders on your computer. Backup the photos on your phone for once. Clear your house and mind by smiling, crying, and laughing at the memories that arise while you clean up your home.
Go for a bike ride, a hike, go fishing, breathe fresh air, enjoy our world.
Take deep breaths and meditate often. Practice mindfulness and try to reduce anxiety. Restore your mind, body and soul. And don’t feel guilty about Netflix and chillin!
Open up a book on your bookshelf that you have been meaning to start. Read with your spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, best friends, and/or kids!
Feel your emotions.
Maybe you were planning a trip with your family and it got canceled. It’s ok to feel disappointed. Social distancing can make you feel lonely and sad, you may even want to yell and cry. After this, try to find joy and be grateful for the things you have. Have faith that you will get through this. And don’t forget to PASS IT OUT! Joy and faith are contagious!
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