“Choose what works for you, but know that giving back doesn’t need to involve money or perishable goods.”
There’s no way that you’ve not come across the term ‘self-care’ over the last few years. Mainstream media has defined this concept as a multitude, but mainly as putting on a facemask and burning some candles. However, over the last year or so, I’ve realised how important self-care can be in a practical sense. For me, that means doing adult things (like laundry and life admin) but most importantly, giving back. The holiday season brings on a lot of altruism and who can blame them, it’s a time to reflect on the year and share the festive cheer.
But, I’ve found that giving back has greatly helped my mental health along with my overall happiness. I’ve run numerous donation drives in the past five years since I moved to a brand new city and it’s helped me get to know my community. Being able to help others has greatly put my own life into perspective. We live in a world that’s fast-paced, digital, and doesn’t leave much time for actual real-life connections. Thus, being able to set aside an hour or two to help at a soup kitchen or volunteer at a shelter helps to foster some face-to-face interactions.
Choose what works for you, but know that giving back doesn’t need to involve money or perishable goods. Give up your time, share what you can, and engage with your community. Paying it forward reminds us all that a simple gesture can change someone’s life, including your own.