To say these are challenging times is putting it lightly. It’s easy to get discouraged and feel helpless or alone. But there’s still a lot of good happening in the world — and a lot of ways you can contribute good back into the world. Whether it’s ways to help yourself, others, or the world at large, here are some ways you can give back during these difficult times.
Make time to meditate.
Stress is high, anxiety is high, and worry is high for a large majority of the country. Meditation can help reduce all of those. Studies have proven time and time again that prioritizing your self-care and mental wellness, especially during times like these, are of utmost importance. Meditation is an easy way to get started. There are free online meditation sessions you can follow or you can check out apps like Oak or Headspace.
Learn something new.
Stuck inside? Before you start binging shows on Netflix, let’s consider binging on learning. Coursera has a ton of great courses you can take for free. Why not use this time to take that coding class you’ve had your eye on, or a course on digital marketing? Even better, if you have kids, IXL is a great immersive learning experience with resources for grades K — 12. Our own HR director created this public Google Doc with a great list of learning resources for kids and adults too. Create a meaningful moment with your children when you bond over homework at the dinner table.
It’s more important than ever to be intentional about staying active and fit through this quarantine. With gyms no longer an option, it’s time to get creative with your workout. Luckily, NerdFitness has a great blog post with some at-home workout ideas, and this HuffPo piece has a wealth of gym alternatives to choose from.
Celebrate the good news.
On a regular day, it’s hard not to focus on bad news. On days like the ones we’ve been having recently, it’s even more difficult to avoid getting swept up in it all. But there’s more than just negativity out there. Find the positive things worth celebrating and dwell on that instead. Share any good news or uplifting stories you come across: we all could use a little cheer right now. You can start right here with these encouraging headlines, or at Good News Network.
Run errands for those at higher risk.
The elderly and those already suffering from an illness are at a much higher risk right now. It’s incredibly important for us as a society to do what we can to keep them safe. Text your friends and family or ask around and see if anyone needs help. Maybe they need food, medicine, or even some coffee. You’re not just helping meet their physical needs — you’re also bringing some hope and love to their day. If you can’t think of anyone to reach out to, create a free care.com account and find others who might need some assistance.
Tip your bartenders.
The service industry is one of many being affected right now. For those who can, use Venmo or other similar services to send your favorite bartenders, servers, and others (generous) tips for each happy hour or dinner you’re skipping to stay safe. They’ll feel the love.
Feed kids lunch.
Many kids and families rely on school-provided lunches — and with schools closed, these families are desperately in need of food. There are organizations around the country that help feed kids during the winter and summer breaks, and right now they are mobilizing to meet this new need. Find one in your area and see how you can help so kids don’t go hungry. If the link above doesn’t show one close to you, head to Google and find an organization near you.
Shop local when you can.
Supporting local businesses in your area is always a good idea. But in times like these, your patronage is often critical to their survival. When possible, shop and order from local businesses in your community. Whether it’s ordering takeout from a local restaurant or ordering online from your favorite bookstore, this act of kindness is greatly appreciated.
Foster an animal in need.
Working from home? Now’s the perfect time to reach out to your local SPCA and inquire about fostering. Many shelters are working to foster as many animals as possible in case volunteers and employees are unable to care for the animals. You’ll be doing the shelter and yourself a favor; pets can reduce stress and anxiety and are a great option for anyone feeling a little lonely right now.
Help the World
If you’re not already doing this, now is a great time to start. Businesses are primarily offering takeout and delivery options right now. This also means a huge increase in single-plastic use. Now more than ever it’s important that we recycle as much of it as we can.
Support the organizations doing great work.
Things are happening very fast and evolving very quickly. There are many organizations providing great resources and services to those in need. For those under quarantine or wanting to offer support from their homes, this is a great option. If you’d like to donate, dive into this page or this one.
Be kind wherever you go.
Of course, this is true every day. But simple acts of kindness can be a powerful source of hope and optimism. A smile or helping hand won’t go unnoticed. Especially in times like these, we’re all looking for the good we want to see in the world. Let it start with you.
Don’t lose hope. Focus on helping yourself, others, and the world at large.
For more ways to focus on what matters most during these challenging times, head on over to our Stay Focused page.