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  • Writer's pictureJulie Timmins

Random acts of kindness – 5 mindful practices to be kind to you and others

The pandemic and ‘covid normal’ world has affected many of us over the past 2 years leaving an unanticipated impact on how we experience life - steeped in fear and anxiety.

These negative emotions have affected us in varying degrees:

~ anxiety about our health and the wellbeing of friends, family and colleagues

~ social anxiety

~ social isolation

~ financial anxiety due to employment uncertainty

~ fear of failure

This fear continues to be exacerbated by social media, television and constant news reporting.

So how can we make a difference – for our own mental wellness and for others?

Start with gratitude - be thankful for what you do have.

Incorporate at least one of these 5 mindful practices throughout your day:

. when you have made a cup of tea – sip it mindfully, enjoy the aroma and taste sensations

. walk with an attitude and intention of gratitude

. sit on the balcony or park bench to embrace the beauty of nature

. look deeply at the leaves on a tree, the feathers of a bird, or petals of flowers

. breath in the fresh air and feel a gentle breeze.

These are a few simple things that can ground you and bring back a sense of peace and harmony.

Take a few moments to consider - what else brings you a sense of peace? Make time to do that!

When we are kind and compassionate toward ourselves, we have greater capacity to be compassionate toward others.

I encourage you to bring some kindness into other people’s life. This can be achieved simply by smiling at someone as they pass by. Even when wearing a mask, you can see the smile in someone’s eyes! Your act of kindness may brighten their otherwise lonely experience.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Anthropologist Margaret Mead

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