5 Ways to Show Kindness in These Trying Times

5 Ways to Show Kindness in These Trying Times

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 – Dรถner 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.

Niamh x



  1. 16/11/2020 / 19:38

    This is so lovely and what everyone needs in these testing times! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    • Niamh Darby
      16/11/2020 / 20:31

      Thank you so much! Take care! Xxx

  2. 16/11/2020 / 19:39

    I absolutely love these ways to show kindness Niamh! I’m going to try the co-worker one next time in work, that’s a brilliant idea! I’m all for supporting small businesses right now as, like you said, they need our support so much! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    • Niamh Darby
      16/11/2020 / 20:32

      Ah brill! Thank you for reading! Take care! X

  3. 16/11/2020 / 19:54

    Receiving blog comments is something that always makes me smile too! It’s so lovely seeing that people are enjoying what you’re writing about isn’t it? Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Niamh Darby
      16/11/2020 / 20:32

      Thank you so much! Thank you for reading too! X

  4. 16/11/2020 / 21:11

    These are wonderful ideas. It’s really refreshing to see the focus people are putting on shopping locally and at small businesses this year xx

    • Niamh Darby
      16/11/2020 / 21:11

      Thank you! Xx

  5. 16/11/2020 / 23:03

    Oh Niamh, these tips are so full of love! You deserve all the kind comments in the world for thinking so dearly of people who may need a nice word in a tough time. It doesn’t even take that much effort. I try to shop local for food at least, other things I get where I can afford them. But food is the most important right now in Italy, with so many restaurants risking failure.

    Luana | Luana Spinetti’s ProBlog

    • Niamh Darby
      16/11/2020 / 23:05

      Ah thank you! I’m glad shopping local is becoming more the ‘norm’ during this pandemic and hopefully will continue after! Sending you lots of love! Xxx

  6. 17/11/2020 / 12:13

    These are such cute ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ I think messaging someone out of the blue, whether it’s to say good morning or just to see how they are is such a nice gesture. I also love leaving comments on other’s posts and social media accounts, and I think it’s a perfect way to feel good about yourself and encourage someone else to feel good too. Thanks for sharing x

  7. 17/11/2020 / 14:06

    I always try to shop local ๐Ÿ™‚ not always easy but…
    And I honestly love getting comments anywhere! Itโ€™s so important to know that what Iโ€™m doing is resonating with others. Great suggestions here, thank you!

  8. Kindness is so important, especially in troubling times. I love this list! I especially love the idea of texting someone good morning and goodnight! It is such a simple thing that anyone can do, but can mean so much. Thank you for sharing these ideas.

  9. 19/11/2020 / 02:19

    Hi Niamh!
    I’m a first time reader of your blog(I found you through a twitter link reshare), and I love your idea of praising a local business. I feel like that’s such an underrated thing, since people rarely show their love. A small review or comment could go a long way. And it doesn’t take that long either. Supporting a new business is a great way of showing your kindness safely!

    I love this and your Five Ways to Simplify Your Day to Day Life post. Keep on writing!

  10. 19/11/2020 / 17:28

    This is so so lovely! Kindness is so important and especially during these trying times. Great tips xx

    • Niamh Darby
      19/11/2020 / 18:40

      Ah thank you! And thank YOU for reading! Xx

  11. Nadine Adams
    20/11/2020 / 08:44

    Lovely read!

  12. 20/11/2020 / 23:28

    Lovely ideas! I especially like the idea of saying good morning and good night to people. That could be so meaningful, if someone is lonely. And I like your suggestion to comment on blogs. I always feel grateful that I get to have an actual conversation about the ideas I shared, when someone comments on a blog post.

  13. 21/11/2020 / 11:09

    These are such lovely ways to show kindness! I’ve been supporting small businesses a lot more lately and I love the personal touches they add in that larger businesses don’t. I try to leave them a review or twitter / instagram post as I know it makes a difference to them xx

  14. Kayleigh Zara
    22/11/2020 / 17:25

    Supporting local and praising local companies online is one I’ve really been trying to do lately! Small businesses can really use the right now and I just think it is the right thing to do! Thanks for sharing these gal x

    • Niamh Darby
      22/11/2020 / 19:07

      Thank you! And thanks for reading too! X

  15. 22/11/2020 / 18:28

    Such a great post! I really like that you mentioned supporting small business by purchasing from them as well as promoting them. That always seems to be forgotten and it makes a huge difference to business owners!

    • Niamh Darby
      22/11/2020 / 19:09

      Thank you! I have a post going up on 1st Dec with my three top picks of small businesses, I just love shopping small and local! X

  16. 25/11/2020 / 16:22

    I sent out hand made cards to all my former colleagues who are still in the thick of it as health care providers. Timed then to arrive with world kindness day. Yes the world needs more kindness so thanks for the reminder.

    • Niamh Darby
      25/11/2020 / 16:24

      Brill! Thanks for reading!

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