I just love this blog post by John Patrick Weiss (JohnPWeiss.com), Let the COVID-19 Crisis Bring Out the Best in You.
What an inspiration, during this time of fear and crisis, to see people mobilizing to help others. It’s a good reminder that we have options. We can sit in fear, glued to the latest Cable news reports, or we can get creative.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” -Dalai Lama
All around, there are people stepping up to help those in need. If you want to inspire yourself and others, find ways to help. You don’t have to put yourself in harm’s way to join the fight against COVID-19.
According to Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation: “There is a strong relationship between the wellbeing, happiness and longevity of those of us who are compassionate. Doing good can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. This is true across our lives.”
The COVID-19 crisis offers each of us an opportunity to bring out the best in ourselves. Taking action to help others will lessen your anxiety and inspire others to act. “It’s when you’re acting selflessly that you are at your bravest.” Veronica Roth
Some folks are more able-bodied than others, but there are many ways we can help. Here are a few suggestions.
- Check on your neighbors
- Letters of encouragement
- Support local businesses
A Guide to Resilience on World Health Day 2020 was shared by Naima Pettigrew for Chopra.com, 6 April 2020.
- It’s OK to Cry
- Take Time to Self-Reflect
- Express Emotions
- Take a Media Break
- Schedule Social Interactions with Loved Ones
- Have a Digital Dance Party
- Try Yoga
- Practice Healthy Eating
- Honor Traditions
- Try Breathwork and Chanting