We not Me – Happiness Tips for Surviving Social Isolation
In this next post of the Happiness Tips for Social Isolation series we look at the “We not Me” culture that is currently spreading across the planet.
It has been said that doing things for others is one way to achieve fulfillment. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs lists love and belonging including a sense of connection as the third need and self-actualisation – being the best we can be – as the top need. Similarly, leading life coach Tony Robbins says, “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment”.
It is truly inspiring to see the abundance of selfless initiatives that have sprung up during this time of crisis. In this post we offer some suggestions to cultivate the ‘we not me’ mentality in your life.
Connect with people who are alone
Make a list of people of who are on their own and give them a call. Modern technology such as Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp and Skype enable video calling. This is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as keeping in touch with others who may be alone. Make sure those who need to self-isolate have food and essentials.
In Britain we have a culture of greeting people when we’re out walking. This habit seems to have increased since the lockdown. There is a real sense of community and that “we’re all in this together”. At the same time (most) people are very considerate about maintaining social distancing and giving each other a wide berth.
Support local businesses
This is a difficult time for local businesses. There are lots of ways you can help. If you find yourself with time on your hands due to the current situation, you could use that time to write reviews of local businesses. Follow businesses you’re interested in on social media and share their posts. Subscribe to their newsletter. Pre-order goods, services, vouchers or tickets for when businesses re-open. In Suffolk we have a Suffolk Home Deliveries – Local Businesses Delivering under Lockdown Facebook group which list businesses that are currently open.
There are a plethora of initiatives that have sprung up as a result of the current situation. I have listed a few here:
- Rainbow Trail and Bear Hunts
Draw a rainbow and place it in your window for children to walk round and spot. Similarly, you can put a teddy bear in your window. There are several Facebook groups promoting this idea.
- Community groups on Facebook
Join a local Facebook group such as the Ipswich Anti Loo-Roll brigade, which is a group where local people can ask for and offer help.
I believe the NHS no longer have the need for volunteers due to being inundated with people wanting to help. However, there are plenty of other organisations looking for support.
Lots of charities are struggling at this time due to long term donors having to suspend support and others choosing to donate to the NHS instead. You could make a one-off or regular donation. Two charities close to my heart are The Beehive Nakuru and Papworth Trust.
The Beehive Nakuru currently has a gap of around £500 per month and would greatly benefit from your donations. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thebeehivenakuru?fbclid=IwAR18NtbAPmCWtIg8-QbY6y_R8kkfFGwi7p4Wj8B8oYcIfohLui_WxmVT2Gk.
Papworth Trust have a number of initiatives to raise funds at this crucial time including photography and arts and crafts competitions, virtual bake-off and virtual 5K. https://www.papworthtrust.org.uk/fundraising/?fbclid=IwAR1wJGmrqtYs8hciyL05UlNUcAd9QWJrW3NMEgzgAwkv0w4vzdi5UBnYgiA
Donate unwanted items
This is the perfect time to declutter and if you’re anything like me, you’re building up a stock of items to take to the charity shops once they re-open. You can also give clothes to clothes banks, which can often be found in car parks. Olio is a great app where you give away unwanted items including food. They also have a scheme for distributing food from Tesco that is going out of date.
Give to food banks
Remember to give something to the food banks when you’re shopping. Tampax and sanitary items are much needed and often overlooked items.
I hope you found these ideas for “we not me” initiatives helpful. What are you doing to help others during this time?
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This post was originally published on happiness-club.co.uk.