As most of America is slowly being quarantined as a result of the Coronavirus, morale has been especially low across the nation. With the number of cases of the virus rapidly increasing, there’s an even larger population of people in need.
If you’re one of the lucky ones and not affected by COVID-19, showing kindness to others in such trying times can help others, but can also help you to deal with the crisis yourself. We’re going to go over how showing kindness can actually help you in the long run!
Coping with Crisis
Even if you’re not personally affected by the virus, there’s still a great likelihood that you’re a little fearful or anxious as a result. As the anxiety and stress begin to build, you’ll notice that your mental and emotional health might begin to take a turn for the worse.
Rather than letting the stress and anxiety consume your life, this is the perfect time to give back to those who truly need it. You’ll definitely feel good about yourself and others will appreciate your assistance!
When you give back to the community and those who truly need it, you’ll feel good about yourself. But, your ability to see what others are going through and remain empathetic can also boost your levels of gratitude.
So, what exactly is gratitude?
Gratitude is your general appreciation for something that you have or something that you’ve experienced. In trying times like this, you might be grateful for having loved ones, a pantry stocked full of food, and being generally healthy!
By giving back to others, you’ll be improving the quality of life for other people while also being able to remain thankful for what you do still have. You might be confined to your home for the next two weeks, but you’re in a much better situation than others might be.
The Release of Endorphins
When you do something that you enjoy doing, the body releases its own endorphins. With more endorphins, also known as the feel-good hormones, running through your body, your mood greatly increases.
There appears to be some scientific evidence that acts of kindness actually encourages the release of endorphins within the body. So, not only will you be able to help those in need, but you’ll be much happier and less stressed as a result.
How You Can Show Kindness
Being quarantined makes it a little more difficult to spread kindness and help others, but there are still some things you can do. Here are a few suggestions for how you can spread kindness as COVID-19 runs rampant.
● Buy and deliver food for those stuck at home
● Offer protective gear to those who are immunocompromised or elderly
● Donate money to charities
● Spend time with those you care about (from a distance – phone calls, text messages, video chats, etc.)
It’s all about spreading happiness and boosting the morale of those around you. Though you might have stress and anxiety of your own due to the virus, making others happy will, in turn, improve your mood and make you happier as well.
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with the Coronavirus yourself, it’s still completely reasonable to be fearful and anxious as the virus continues to spread. But there’s nothing that says that you have to sit around panicking at home.
Giving back to others and showing kindness can actually help you to cope with the panic while also helping those who really need it. With greater feelings of gratitude and a release of endorphins, you’ll feel better about yourself and less stressed!