Have you ever done something for someone else and felt really good about it? Seeing the appreciation and thankfulness on their face is enough to make us smile and feel that, yes, we’ve done something to help someone else. Giving to others does so much for our own wellbeing, but during the current situation, how can we give to others? Here’s some ideas.
This is a great one if you have kids at home and want to teach them the importance of thinking of others. Get them to make cards for the elderly neighbours living down your street or the grandparents they haven’t seen in a few months. You won’t be able to see their smile when they open it, but it will be there. Spreading a little cheer at this time will be great for your wellbeing, and who knows, you might make a friend for life by reaching out to neighbours.
Offer a listening ear
Every so often, it’s good to remind our friends that we’re there for them. As we’re not seeing each other, sending a message saying “how’s it all going” will show that you have a listening ear to all their worries and problems. It might seem small, but it will make a world of difference to someone else.
Help a local charity
If you’re not vulnerable and ensure you keep to social distancing rules, consider helping out a local charity. Some of them will be struggling at the moment without their usual volunteers, and you can help reach out to the homeless or those at more risk at this time. Food parcels still need to be made up and deliveries need to be made. You might end up volunteering a lot longer than just during the lockdown period and it will really help your own wellbeing.
Again, if you are not at risk yourselves and keep to social distancing rules, you can offer to run errands for those who can’t get out. Maybe just picking up a few bits for a neighbour or doing someone else’s shopping with your own, you can really help people out during this time. Giving to others will repay and we can set off a chain reaction of kindness in the community.