Over the past few months I have realised the importance of helping others. It all stemmed from when I began to write open and honest personal essays about my mental health and my experience with “Revenge Porn”. Now, I am determined to make a difference as much as I can. I am donating to charities (when I can), writing posts that I hope help others, applying to volunteer and planning my own charity project.
To give you a feel good sensation as well as help those who really need it, especially at Christmas, here are a few ways that you can spread some kindness:
1. Donate a Christmas present to those who are struggling with low income, homelessness or loneliness this season by contributing to the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal.
2. I’ve used the listening service of the Samaritans before, which helped me at one of my lowest points. This year they have created a #RealChristmas campaign, which reminds us that Christmas isn’t necessarily picture perfect or full of luxurious gifts – it can be a really tough time for a lot of people. Even their article about giving the gift of listening is something that will really make a difference to somebody, and all you need to do is listen.
3. Buy this year’s Christmas cards from your favourite charity – this year I bought mine from Mind. I’ll be sending them to the blogger friends I have made this year, as a thank you for the support I’ve very much needed over the past 12 months. If you’d like one, let me know in the comments below or get in contact!
4. Contribute to local food banks by either finding out where your nearest one is and donating tinned goods or by volunteering your time to help with the stalls. I’m in the process of applying to help after seeing a busy food bank stall at my local Tesco, which was set up by the Trussell Trust. Find your local food bank here or search online!
6. Just be there for somebody in need. This could be anything from helping out your elderly neighbour by getting their groceries for them to talking to a close friend who is going through a tough time. Every little act of kindness makes a difference.