Kindness builds resilience

stress Oct 12, 2020

We all live with stress. In fact, a bit of stress is good for us.  When we really care about something the adrenaline kicks in and we feel our stress levels rise.  All good.  It’s okay to be stressed. 

But when we are managing higher levels of stress, sometimes we can feel overwhelmed.  

There are a number of ways to reduce stress and to increase our levels of self-care.  One way of helping reduce stress and getting out of our head is to be kind. 

It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you are being kind; when you care about someone else. 

One of the exercises I do with teams is to come up with as many ways as possible that we could show kindness without spending any money.  

Some of the ideas were: 

  • A smile
  • A phone call just for a chat
  • Being present in the moment
  • Invite a person to have dinner with you (you can do this virtually)
  • Let someone go in front of you in the line 
  • Write a letter of appreciation to someone
  • Give a compliment
  • Hold open the door for someone
  • Go for a walk with a member of your family or a friend

There are so many things we can do to show kindness which results in a win/win for everyone.  We feel better when we are kind and the person we show kindness to also gets a lift.  

Kindness is also contagious.  It encourages other people to be kind. 

It helps you recognise that the world is a good place; that people are good. Knowing that is very helpful when you are going through a difficult period. 

Try it.

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