Self-Care Sunday #15: World Kindness Day

Three ways to show you care this World Kindness Day.

Words: Emily Cliff

Today is World Kindness Day, and what better way to celebrate Self-Care Sunday than to think of all the ways we can be not only kind to other people, but to be kind to ourselves. While spreading kindness and joy to others is really what the essence of world kindness day is about, all of it is in vain if you don’t be kind to the number one person that matters in your life: you. So here at LDN we’ve picked three ways that you can show your acts of kindness towards other people as well as yourself. So pop the kettle on, grab that piece of cake you have in the kitchen (yes you know the one) and join us for this week’s World Kindness Self-Care Sunday.

1.  Handwritten Notes

From recreating those little handwritten notes your mum used to put in your lunchbox to leaving them around the home for a loved one, to sneaking one in a book in the library/bookshop, notes are a great way to spread a little kindness and joy. They don’t have to be big declarations of love or appreciation, it could be as simple as ‘I hope you have a nice day’ or ‘Your smile looks wonderful today’. It’s the little things that count, and if you leave little notes like this around it is bound to make someone’s day a little bit brighter. Uncustomary have some ideas to share here.

Leaving a note? Why not leave a book of them? Credit: Uncustomary

2. Kindness (A User’s Guide) by Ali Catterall & Kitty Collins

Life is busy, and unpredictable, and sometimes if you’ve had a really shitty day it can be especially hard to be not only kind to others but to be particularly kind to yourself. This is where ‘Kindness, A Users Guide’ comes in. This little book of sunshine has 52 stories in it, with one for every week of the year, and some from our favourite famous folk too, such as George Michael or Dolly Parton. So if you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, be inspired by this book to find your sunshine or to even share your own to make someone feel happier. Get your signed copy here – it might even have one of Ali’s hand-drawn cats in.

A little book filled with big ideas. Kindness (A User’s Guide). Credit: Goldsboro Books

3. Make someone a cup of tea (or hot beverage)!

You never know what someone might be going through on that day and a nice warm cup of tea being made for them can mean the world. Here at LDN we are firm believers that nothing warms the soul more than a cup of tea after a long day. So next time when your flatmate gets in late from work, or if a family member has had a challenging day, pop the kettle on and make a cup of tea. Even if you have had a bad day yourself and you need a little something to soothe you, make yourself a cup of tea, sit in the comfiest chair in your home and just breathe. Yes, you are allowed biscuits. That’s a Self-Care reward staple.

Aaah, that’s better. Tea and biscuits! Photo by Rumman Amin on Unsplash