“The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.” (unknown) Today we’re celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day- and if we’re honest, there has never been a better time to embrace this campaign. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic. Here in the UK, we’re also in smack-bang in the middle of a third national lockdown. Life isn’t exactly going the way we all imagined it would right now. If ever there was a time we needed to spread a little kindness and happiness, it’s now! But how can we achieve this while we’re all so restricted- shops are shut, we can’t visit family or loved ones… well, where’s there’s a will, there’s a way. Here are just three little ways that you can embrace Random Acts of Kindness during lockdown. Please do share your ideas in the comments too!
A little about the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
The foundation was set up to spread a little joy, simple as that. In their own words:
“Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life. In 2021, we encourage everyone to Explore the Good and Make Kindness the Norm.”
The foundation encourages us to take on the challenge of completing one act of kindness every day- not just on the 17th of February, although today is a great day to start. So, what are you going to do? Read on to find out our top three tips for spreading kindness during lockdown…
Make some time for yourself
First and foremost, remember that acts of kindness do not need to only be directed towards others. When was the last time you showed yourself a little kindness? Read back on our post we published on self-care during lockdown, and repeat after me: “I am worth taking care of.”- because you are!
Self-care is so important now, more than ever. Being in lockdown can be hard on our emotional wellbeing, so we need to do all that
we can to preserve and protect it. Take that long walk in the late winter sunshine. Run that bubble bath and grab that book, instead of ‘doom-scrolling’ through your phone. Make that video call with the people you miss while we’re all stuck at home. And remember that it really is ok to be kind to yourself too.
Make yourself useful
Whether you’re furloughed, working as normal, working from home… whatever your situation, chances are you have a little space in your week to do something useful for someone else. It might be a neighbour who’s isolating and can’t get to the shops. It might be sharing a friend’s business page on Facebook. It might even be volunteering for your local vaccination centre. The point is this: making yourself useful is a great and easy way to spread a little kindness during lockdown.
Reach out to friends, family and neighbours and ask if they need help. Offer your services and let them know you’re there if they need you. You may never know just how appreciated this small act of kindness can be.
Stay in touch
Lockdown can be lonely. Many people living alone right now have only their own four walls for company, and that can be incredibly isolating. Maybe you’re in this position too. Whatever your current circumstances, one thing we can all agree on is that we all have many incredible ways that we can stay in touch and check in with each other, thanks to technology. So do it. Call that friend. Send that cute puppy photo, funny meme or inspirational quote. Write that email or text and just let them know you’re there and you care.
Staying in touch with friends and family during lockdown is vital for your mental health too. We, humans, crave interaction and that’s the one thing we’re not getting right now- at least, not int he way we’re used to. It’s time to adapt and reach out in other ways. You won’t regret it.