Why kindness should be your Superpower
It’s a tricky old situation we all find ourselves in at the moment and you may ask why kindness should be your superpower. The way we live, the way we behave towards one another can resonate through our society. If we treat one another with distrust and are dismissive of each other we create a negative situation. Greeting one another with kindness and concern for each other’s wellbeing helps to make us all feel more positive. And as a result more able to cope in these difficult times.
Being kind in times of upheaval is a true superpower. You can be the superhero that your community and your family need.
A simple hello and a smile while you’re out taking in the air can make such a huge difference to those who may be feeling very isolated at this time. We know you can’t hug, or get too close to one another. However, a chat about the weather while you keep your distance is fine. Everyone can remember while we’re out and about in our cars, to say ‘thanks’ when someone lets us past, out at a junction etc. We all agree here at Nourish HQ that when someone is kind when we’ve been sitting at a junction for ages it’s a little thing that goes a long way.
With many people feeling isolated both physically and mentally at the moment communication has become key. We have some many wonderful resources at our disposal for keeping in touch with one another. If you want to chat to your whole family at once then try Skype or Zoom. Both are free and you can all see each other, which we love! If you’ve got a housebound neighbour and you can help them set this up it may be the thing that makes all the difference to how they are feeling. Learning to write a letter is a great life skill and one that we’re teaching the Nourish smalls at the moment. Finding ways to write about how they are feeling at the moment should help kids to cope during these uncertain times. It may give you a better insight into how they are feeling too. Twinkl is a great teaching resource for templates specifically for kids.
When people are scared they can do crazy things. The stockpiling we’ve seen in recent weeks is a great example of this. Kindness comes in here too, do you really need all that you have put in your trolley virtual or otherwise? If we’re fit and well then we can continue to shop and look after ourselves but what of the busy carers who are out buying for 3 or 4 people at a time and are having to go back with nothing? If you find you have got too much and have some non perishables to share then find out where your local food bank is. Many of them are crying out for donations at the moment and will greet you with open arms. The Trussell Trust has a great search function for finding out where your closest one is. They also have the ability to make financial donations too.
Take care of yourself
Kindness doesn’t just mean being kind to others, at times like this it’s easy for some to forget to be kind to themselves too. Making time for yourself is just as important as helping others, if the tanks empty the engine simply isn’t going to work. If you’re the Superhero in your tribe remember to accept kindness from others too. It could just be someone making you a cuppa, taking in a delivery or sending you a message to check that you’re okay, but it’s the little things that add up and can make a tricky day more bearable. How about a little #macaroonmoment just for you? Macaroon Moment – A moment of calm with a cuppa and a macaroon!
If you’re having any anxiety about the current situation there are some super resources online too that can really help.
Calm App – Great for those nights when you just can’t relax and are feeling anxious
Mind Org – A super resource that covers lots of topics around mental health awareness
Anxiety UK – Covers all different types of anxiety and how to find help and coping mechanisms
Project Happiness – All about finding and creating personal and collective happiness
Any music streaming site – Put on some tunes and whether you’re alone or in a group. Have an impromptu dance and raise those serotonin levels!
We are all Superheros and kindness is our shield of choice!