13th November is World Kindness Day. It made me think about how the world really needs a bit of kindness currently. Corona has really taken a lot from everybody – building proper social relationships, physically shopping and just general everyday life routines. I know for me personally it’s been a bit strange, especially with this second lockdown. I feel like my work had just got into a groove with our Covid-19 measures, but then Boris locked us down again!
In some ways, I’m quite happy to have a month to recharge before the Christmas rush but I’m finding I’m getting quite bored very easily. I don’t want to be too eager to write my Blogmas posts as I love being festive…I don’t know if you could tell, ha! Christmas content will be with you 1st December and I’m so excited!
Here are five ways to show kindness during this pandemic (and after too!):
Find out something new about a coworker
I’ve popped this one up top because I think it’s the most important. If you’re anything like me, I can talk for England. I love to get to know the person while I’m chattering away. It always comes in handy for things like Secret Santa, ha! It’s also nice to know your work family have got your back when times are tough. There’s been plenty of times at work during this pandemic where we’ve all needed each other. Some customers seems to forget about the worldwide pandemic we’re experiencing!
Don’t forget during times like these, your work friends become a separate little family – my team certainly have. The work group chat is always a laugh when we are furloughed and I’m sure when we go back to work we’ll all be too busy catching up that it will make us forget about Corona for a little while. I must admit it did feel like Christmas Eve when we were packing up the shop for lockdown 2.0, a customer even wished me a Merry Christmas! I felt that way as Christmas tunes have been popped on to our shop playlist so I am in a VERY festive mood recently…just need to get started on my shopping, oops!
Shop & Eat Local
I’m very lucky to live in a city where there’s a local business everywhere you turn in town. We’re also really lucky to have Spark:York which is all about local businesses – Döner Summer is a must for any of my vegan readers. As a non vegan, it is lush though so don’t knock it until you try it! There isn’t just food there, there’s also some clothes shops and a few bars up on the second floor too – I have spent a few nights pre-Covid there with uni friends as we used to livestream from the top deck!
Shopping local is a MUST this year I think. Many people have lost their jobs and started afresh or they’ve just discovered a talent during the first lockdown and decided to make a living from it – like my friend Alice who runs Thora & Nell, a vegan based soy candle brand. My favourite scent this season is Equinox – I have gone through LOADS of the wax melts these past few months. I’ll be talking a bit more about Alice and her business in a Blogmas post coming soon.
Praise a local business online
There’s a difference between just buying from a local small business and praising them online. If you like their products, LET THE WORLD KNOW. It will mean so much to the brand you bought from as they’ll feel a little burst of joy and know they’re doing an ace job. During this lockdown and the last, I’ve been buying a few bits and bobs from Etsy like cross stitch fabric I can’t find elsewhere so I’m keeping that in mind for future Christmas presents.
You can praise a business multiple ways, it can be as simple as posting on your Instagram story or post. Or even a quick review on their site. One thing I do like about Etsy is the reviewing process – it gives you a couple of days after your package has arrived to post a review on their shop page. They do come in useful – especially when photos are attached too.
Write a positive comment on an insta post or blog
Personally, when I get a comment on my blog I get so happy because someone actually LIKES MY CONTENT! Sometimes I feel like I can waffle on and go off on a tangent but I take you with me, ha! Since posting my relaunch post (and even last week’s post), I have received so many private messages telling me they loved reading my post. I’m going to be perfectly honest, I was really nervous to relaunch as I’d just got out of my blogging groove. I didn’t think anyone would want to read about my life update but how wrong I was!
My stats have been flying up and I’m so happy to be back, welcomed with open arms by you lovely lot too. So thank you. I’m focusing more on what content I like to write and posting regular updates on Twitter to keep you in the loop too! I am back and I LOVE IT. Just wait until you see my content next month. CHRISTMAS IS NEARLY HERE…can you tell I’m excited? I want to apologise in advance to my team at work, but Elf Niamh is back!
Text someone good morning & good night
It’s a simple thing that will go a long way – more than just sending a streak snap every morning. It’s a chance to check in with those friends you don’t see often but occasionally text. I must admit I do forget to message a few of my friends as I am a forgetful person or I’m just really busy. However, in lockdown you literally have no excuse to send a quick message to catch up with a pal. Like I said, it’s simple yet effective.
So wherever you are in the world, good morning or good night – I hope you have a wonderful day.