5 Ways You Can Show Kindness During Lockdown

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We are all living through this uncertainty and so I thought a post about kindness would be a good topic to discuss. During times like these small acts of kindness can really help people feel less alone. Most acts of kindness do not cost a thing.

Kindness does not only help others, it also makes you feel good too. Putting out positivity into the universe, is so important especially during these unprecedented times. There is so much uncertainty, if you are anything like me your anxiety levels are off the charts at the moment! Being able to show kindness also helps give me something to focus on. That small act of kindness you show, can brighten that person’s whole day. I have compiled a list of 5 acts of kindness you can show being in lockdown.

1. Treat the loved ones you live with to a home cooked meal

With everyone on lockdown, treating your loved ones you live with to a cooked meal, is a great way to show you care. Cooking is a great activity to throw yourself into during lockdown as well as learning recipes. It is an activity that you can do alone or with other members of your family. I recently tried a new meal seasoning and loved it.

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2. Call or video chat with family and friends

Being away from family and friends can be really hard. Being able to make phone calls or video calls to your loved ones are a great way to stay connected. If the people you call with are alone, it can really brighten their day and help them to feel less lonely during this isolating time. We as a family have been doing group video calls which have been great keeping in touch and laughing away. In fact, we all wondered why we haven’t been doing this more before.

3. When you go shopping for essentials only buy what you need

When you are shopping being respectful of your community is so easy by only buying the products you need and not bulk buying. Also following the guidelines that the stores have in place and respect the workers. This is a small act, but can have huge impacts on your community.

4. Pay someone a compliment

Whether this is to someone you live with, to a friend or someone online. Saying something nice about another person not only makes that person feel good about themselves, it makes you feel good for doing so. Small acts like these being paid forward can help a huge amount of people during this scary time.

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5. Support a small business

Times are hard financially and for self-employed or small business owners times are even harder. So where you can buy small. These businesses are still open trying to make a living. I have recently brought from two small businesses for stationery, to try and help them! These posts will be up soon on my blog, as I want to share their work.

What acts of kindness have you shown this week? I’d love to hear in the comments.

84 thoughts on “5 Ways You Can Show Kindness During Lockdown

  1. This is such a lovely post! Every night me and my family have a video call just to chat and make sure we are all ok and I love it. Also supporting small businesses is just lovely right now, and my best friend has an etsy and I am trying to support her and get her more support. Also I love the wish list going around on Twitter, I just think it is so nice sending people gifts, great post xxx

  2. This is such a lovely post, Lauren! Small acts of kindness can make such a big difference, especially during these strange and unusual times. Video chats have been so handy, it’s great to see everyone staying connected and checking in on each other. Can’t wait to read your upcoming posts on small businesses, I always love discovering different places to get nice stationery! Thanks for sharing, such a sweet and thoughtful post <3 xxx

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  3. Love this!! It’s such an important thing to be ✨ I’ve been calling a lot of my family/friends and because we all have the time to do this it actually feels like I’m more in contact with people in isolation than I was before 😂 and I really want to support a small business! Great post! Take care lovely 💕

  4. I love all these suggestions, especially supporting local businesses ☺️ I hope we can learn how to be a kinder society from this and some good will come from it 🤞🏼Brilliant post, thanks for sharing! xx

  5. What fantastic advice and steps to take, we’re quite lucky to have such remarkable technology which allows us to communicate with our loved ones.

    It’s hard for businesses, but one thing I can imagine and notice, once it’s all over all Pubs will be full, all restaurants will be full and we will be united together once for all 😁

  6. Such a lovely and uplifting post it’s made me smile so much today. I have my toddler drawing and making pictures to send to our family, he is enjoying it and they love receiving them! We are video calling family everyday and appreciating a slower pace of life.
    All gifts have been ordered from small businesses I’ve discovered some real gems!

    Stay safe lovely I look forward to your next post
    Sarah
    http://Www.simplysarahjayneloves.com

  7. You made some great points, Lauren! Tonight, I will be making dinner and possibly an appetizer. My parents don’t understand video chat so instead, my mom calls me.

    Here’s another one to add to the list:
    6. Send snail mail or an email to let someone know that you are thinking about them, especially someone who you haven’t heard from in a while 💌

  8. I love that a lot of ways to show kindness doesn’t take a lot of effort. A lot involves simple acts and going on video chat goes a long way. I’ve been doing this regularly and it helps a ton, not only for myself but for others as well. Complimenting goes a long way too. Who knows if we have made someone’s day. I love the idea of supporting a small business as well :)! Thanks for sharing all of these amazing tips!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  9. This is a wonderful post! Full of lovely suggestions to help people get through this strange time💗 It was very caring and kind of you to write this, so thank you for sharing and I hope you’re doing ok xxx

  10. These are some great suggestions, especially during lockdown when we’re all isolated from each other. There are still small things we can do to connect and be kind (though the other people who shop at my local grocery store don’t follow the “take only what you need,” rule). And I’m about to hop on a video chat with some friends. Great tips!

  11. These are very good suggestions, thank you for sharing them! Small acts of kindness do not take much effort but can have a huge impact.

  12. I’ve been trying to help small businesses out in this time. Restaurants as well! And I told myself to try and compliment at least one person every day and I started that back in January. It really does make a difference!!

  13. Love the buy only what you need – in these times that’s one of the best things you can do for your neighbors

  14. These are all great ideas for showing kindness in such a strange time! Thanks for taking the time to put these together and share them 🙂

  15. You know this post on showing kindness is not that long at all. Nothing wrong with it of course but it may be a indication to people that an act of kindness and being selfless doesn’t really take much effort or time. It’s simple if you give the latter.

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
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  16. Kindness is not a big effort, as your simple and short list proves, but it means so much to the people who receive it. I love your home-cooked meal idea and just paying someone the smallest of complements; it can make a person’s day.

    And, given the times, small businesses are really benefitting from the kindness of people looking to support them through online sales. 🙂

  17. Yes, for some of us the only way to keep in touch with the people you would regularly see is through video phone. It’s really tough but it’s what we have at this moment. Thanks, great post!😁🏝

  18. Kindness is so, so important right now! I loved the paying it forward that Twitter was doing in regards to amazon and ko-fi!
    Stay safe! x

  19. I love the idea of making someone a meal. It’s something so simple but can make a big difference to someone’s day. Thanks for sharing. Rosie xx

  20. In a time a chaos and craziness this is a needed post. Kindness goes a long ways.

  21. This is such a lovely post! Kindness is always important, now more than ever though. It’s so easy to be kind as well, a simple smile, a quick hello, even just saying thank you can make people’s day.

    I love your suggestion of a home-cooked meal though, and I’m trying to do video chats with all my friends and family when I can.

    My friends and I are also having movie nights, where, even though we can’t actually be together, we pick a film on Netflix or something and watch it at the same time. It’s simple enough but I know that we all really appreciate doing something like this! We facetime or text whilst watching the movie and it just helps us all feel like we aren’t so isolated – thanks for sharing this great post x

    1. Agreed, lovely post!! It’s so fun to do movie nights together, isn’t it? We are thinking of doing a puzzle or paint night with our friends too!

  22. I’m gonna exercise #4: this was a wonderful post. I sincerely agreed with all of these and am grateful for you focusing on the positive—it helps me do the same. Thank you for making me smile as I read this!😁

  23. Such a lovely post – the current situation has truly been bringing out the worst in people so it’s more important than ever to be kind to others. I recently had a video call with 3 of my friends and I think it was the pick me up that we all needed! x

  24. Lovely post Lauren! Each one of these is so simple to do, but could all make someone’s day a little brighter. I completely agree with you about food shopping too – I’ve lost count of the times I’ve gone in for pasta or bread recently, and come home empty handed.

  25. This is a really nice post, I especially agree with supporting small businesses – it’s so important, especially during times like these x

  26. Ah, this is such a lovely post, Lauren. You’re so right, acts of kindness are more important now than ever and they’re really very easy to do. Love your tips about a home cooked meal – although I have to say I do most of the cooking so I’d love someone to do me one, haha. And supporting small businesses is a must too, I’ve been shopping quite a bit on Etsy recently 🙂 LIsa xx

  27. When going shopping I always try to buy the things I really need. I don’t bulk buy as I’ve been in the position myself that I couldn’t find anything I needed at the supermarket. So I hate bulk buying. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  28. Brilliant ideas. A little kindness really does go a very long way. Some of the things people have done for me during lockdown have really made a huge difference to me, I hope I have been able to pay that kindness forward x

  29. This is such a great post! It’s so important to be kind to others, especially these days because if someone is alone during the lockdown they may start to feel depressed and something as simple as a compliment can help them feel better. Thanks for sharing.

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