We talk a lot about improving your wellbeing by dealing with difficult emotions, carving out time for yourself and staying motivated.
But, with everything going on in the world, sometimes looking after number one can feel a bit too self-indulgent. So this week, we’re focusing on the “we” rather than the “me” to give you that extra lift.
Giving to others helps us feel more connected to our communities and has a great effect on our own mental health, offering us a sense of purpose and direction when we may be feeling a bit unsure of what to do next.
Taking time to do something for someone else also influences your own perceptions of yourself; so by volunteering your time and skills to help, you’re improving your own self-image. And giving is known to stimulate the ‘reward’ areas of the brain, encouraging positive feedback and boosting your own happiness and wellbeing.
Sounds good, right? Here are some ways you can give to others:
Volunteer your time
Sign up to help with the Covid-19 response and help people who are self-isolating with shopping, prescriptions and other errands; it’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and help your local community.
Haven’t heard from your workmates for a while? Been out of touch with your family? Pick up the phone and give them a call - bonus points for FaceTime where you can really connect ‘in person’, and make them feel valued and appreciated.
Have a clear out
Keeping your home clutter-free is great for mental wellbeing, so make like Marie Kondo and tidy up your room or flat, stopping at the local charity shop, homeless charity or foodbank to leave any quality items for someone who can make good use of them.
Random acts of kindness
Giving doesn’t have to be planned, or even a regular gig. Helping someone struggling with their shopping, paying it forward at the coffee shop or giving up your seat on the bus all count, and will give you that do-gooding glow.
Why not give your time to our student panel and let us know your thoughts on a range of topics from wellbeing to online learning? And there’s something in it for you too - you’ll get a £10 Amazon voucher just for signing up.