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It is without contest that the pandemic has changed the way we live, act, and communicate. We have all had to adapt some aspect of our lives to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe throughout the unprecedented times that have defined 2020. While change is something we would normally embrace, the stress that coincides, coupled with constant news coverage and ever-changing restrictions to keep up with has made it more difficult than usual. As a response, self-care became one of the most important and effective ways to cope and maintain good mental health within our lives. Many of us took this opportunity to listen to our bodies, and learn how to effectively take care of ourselves. Now that we have mastered this art, it is time to check back in with those around us. Here are some ways that you can reach out and care for your friends, family, and neighbours while respecting your social bubble and stay physically distanced. 


Random Acts of Kindness

Pay it forward acts are a popular way to bring a smile to a stranger’s face, or to make someone’s day. Whether you know the person or not, a kind act could mean more than you could imagine. If you find the time or have the means, try one of these simple, kind gestures:

  • Pay for someone’s order when getting your morning coffee on the way to work
  • Rake your neighbour’s lawn, or shovel their driveway
  • Give someone an unexpected compliment
  • Thank an essential worker
  • Surprise a friend or family member with a small token or gift


Check Up On Your Neighbours
You may have neighbours that have limited mobility, or who you know may be overwhelmed with responsibilities. With winter just one cold breeze away, keep in mind that these people may need more help than in the warmer months. Offering to pick up someone’s groceries, clear walkways and driveways, or drop off a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate this winter are excellent ways to make someone feel supported in times of need. 


Reach Out To Those Who Are Self Isolating

With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, you may find more people close to you that have to self-isolate for one of many possible reasons. Whether or not this results in a loss of income, these people may have a great need for help. Offering to pick-up groceries, drop-off games and puzzles to keep them busy, or making time to socialize with them virtually may make self-isolating a little easier than before.


Send Gift Cards For Local Restaurants

A great way to support local businesses and show kindness and caring to someone close to you is by sending a gift card to a great local restaurant. Even with many businesses still under some restrictions, people still have their hand’s full balancing work, taking care of children, and trying to stay healthy throughout the dreaded flu season. Surprising someone with dinner from a nearby restaurant will not only make their day a bit easier, but it will also support one of the industries that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19. 

No matter how you decide to show kindness and compassion to your neighbours, it is important to take care of yourself first and foremost. It is when you feel well enough with your own mind, body, and spirit, that you can begin to pass on that care to those around you.

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