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How to show kindness during a lockdown

Random acts of kindness, however small, can have the power to brighten someone’s (and your) day.

RAK Day started in New Zealand in 2005 to try and get the whole country to do a random act of kindness all on the same day. Although this year we’re all constrained by the lockdown, it’s still possible to show kindness in a Covid-safe way.

Here are some ideas to inspire you today:

  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or isolation.
  • Organize a virtual happy hour with your friends.
  • Make a video of yourself reading a story and send it to the grandkids.
Chatting with the grandkids or sending them videos will make them and yourself happy.
  • Make little gifts like jams, fudge, pot up some plant cuttings (to give away as soon as protocols allow).
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them.
  • Send a handwritten letter or postcard to a friend.
We all know how special it is to receive a handwritten letter in the mail.
  • Leave an online review for one of your favourite businesses or restaurants, telling everyone how great they are.
  • Spend time playing with your pet.
  • Send someone you know a joke or a picture of a cute animal to cheer them up.
Looking at photos and videos of adorable animals can reduce stress.

Most importantly, don’t forget to be kind to yourself. Why don’t you bake yourself a brownie and enjoy it with a cup of tea? We're living through an unprecedented time with a lot of uncertainty and we’re all doing the best we can, so please don’t forget to practice self-kindness and self-compassion.

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