Being kind reduces stress
I recently posted a vlog about volunteering and how it can reduce stress. I happened to be on my way to a volunteering event myself. I had read in my local paper that Volunteering can help reduce holiday stress. I thought why just during the holidays? Why not any time of the year?
During the holidays we get so busy with holiday parties, family gatherings, rehearsals and performances, and gift buying. It’s not just during the holidays. Let’s be real. It’s all year long with birthdays, anniversaries, special events, you name it.
Downtime is rare and stress seems to increase. Here are some suggestions for being kind.
Kindness lowers cortisol. Be kind to servers and retail workers throughout the year. Science has indicated that it produces a “helper’s high” that can last for days.
Witnesses increase the effect. If people witness you volunteering, you produce oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone” which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving overall health.
Yoga practice. It helps calm the mind and body.
Wheel out your neighbor’s trash bin. Or in our neighborhood, wheel it back up the driveway.
Be polite while driving. Period. I know sometimes it is really hard.
Write positive notes to brighten someone’s day.
Donate clothes, towels, sheets, toiletries to a local non-profit. They can Always use the help.
Send an encouraging email to a friend.
Praise a local business online.
Record a happy, uplifting voicemail message for someone.
Some simple acts of kindness you can do any time of the year. Pick one!