17 ways to show Kindness and Empathy during covid conditions
Social distancing doesn’t have to stop us from being our brother’s keeper or strengthening bonds with others.
As a matter of fact, it’s the perfect time to exercise a level of empathy and show kindness.
WHAT IS EMPATHY? The ability to understand and identify with another person’s feelings.
Are there people in your circle or view that have lost their jobs and are having a hard time meeting ends?
Stop for a moment and imagine yourself being in the same position, not having the resources to provide your needs or that of your family.
How does it feel?
Visualize looking into empty cupboards or having children tell you that their stomach hurts from hunger because you have to ration small portions of food. What emotions come up?
Imagine having to be at home 24 hours a day alone for extended periods of time without a companion. Or, imagine being in the house with small children juggling your work, their school work, both of your emotions and other duties with no other adult companionship. What things do you think you would be thinking, needing or feeling?
When we place our heart and mind in the space of other people’s experiences, we experience empathy. This can encourage us to act from a place of kindness. Think not only of people outside your home, but also those right in front of your nose at the house, who may be struggling with the change in dynamics.
No matter how small the act, letting people know that you care about how they feel and what they are experiencing, really has a heartwarming effect on them.
Think of some things that would lighten the emotional, financial or physical burden of people that came to mind for you and build bonds while you’re at it!
Here’s a list of 17 ideas that you can try:
Leave a package of any fruit or vegetable from your garden on their porch with a kind note.
Pick up a few extra canned goods, favorite food, non perishables or fruit at the store for a family member or friend.
Take the person youre dating on a virtual (facetime) or creative lockdown (in the backyard) date.
Hug your child or spouse and ask them to share how they are feeling about the lockdown experience.
Volunteer to wash your neighbor’s car. There’s not much to do and its a great way to get active.
Give your significant other, mom or relative a pedicure or shave at home.
Roast marshmallows in the yard or on a gas stove with the kids and set up a tent in the yard or living room. (Give them a mental escape)
Video call someone that is disabled or lives alone and have quarantinis or cook together 🤗…or just let them vent..
Have an “after the kids go to bed zoom dance party” and invite all the single moms you know.
Ask everyone in your friend or family chat group to donate a few canned items and non perishables. Box them and donate them to a family that you know is struggling.
Offer to do grocery or bill pay runs for an elderly person, someone with young children, person woth disability, someone quarantined with covid 19, or pre-existing health conditions.
Lend someone your board games to try.
Offer to cook a meal or bake bread for someone else.
Set a virtual exercise date with a friend.
Advertise on your social media for an entrepeneur that offers products and services during these conditions.
Send a family with kids a paid for pizza delivery.
Sign up for virtual games that you can play with your single friends that are stuck at home without loved ones.
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