Be Kind

We're all in this together - shop thoughtfully and think of others when you need to be out and about by wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance. Spread a little joy and kindness as you go, even a simple smile can brighten someone's day.

There are lots of small things we can all do that will make a difference to the effect felt, by both ourselves and others, during what is an entirely unprecedented situation. If you can only take one action, then we think this one might be the most important.

Here are a few things that we think are pretty important to remember right now...

You are not alone in finding this new world different - everyone is impacted and we will all be affected by Covid-19 and the changes in how we live our lives at the moment in some way. Understanding that we are all in this together, each and every one of us, helps us to work together and build stronger communities and connections so that we're more able to manage the challenges we're facing. 

It's important to feel hopeful and there are lots of ways you can actively support those around you - from letting your neighbours know you are there to help if they need it, to volunteering with an organisation that needs it.

We've created a profile frame for Facebook, add it to your profile to show that you are thinking of others and support your community. 

If you're still working from home and plan to for the foreseeable future, here are some tips from the Eden Communities team and some advice from our partners Semble on how teams can look out for each other.

Check out our 'connect' and 'support' pages for more ideas.

There's a lot of news concentrating on the future of our country after Covid-19, as well as the uncertainity of a second wave after restrictions have loosened. We aren't suggesting that you ignore reliable sources of important information, but make sure you also take a look at some positive stories. Communities are doing loads of great stuff and there are plenty of organisations sharing ways to stay positive too.

BBC Local Radio programmes feature 'Make a Difference' bulletins throughout the day, highlighting positive community responses and sharing local information.

The Happy News - a newspaper to celebrate all that's good in the world.

Positive News - independent news about what's going right.

This 'Coping Calendar' from Action for Happiness has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves and each other.


Do something unexpected to brighten someone's day - bake a cake, gift an item, create a surprise, show your affection.

Wave, smile and say hello to others - simple ways to connect from a safe distance!

Pass on the positive - put some artwork or bunting in your window or draw chalk messages or games on the pavement.

Say thank you to people who are making a difference to you - whether that is checking in on you, making deliveries, calling for a chat, or simply sharing a smile, small things can make a big difference. You can thank them on social using #TheBigThanks or post a thanks on our website, and we may send them a extra special thank you from us!

Sow some seeds and watch them grow, it's helpful to be able to nurture something and see it thrive. You can share seedlings on if you have too many, or share the result of your hardwork whether that is flowers, plants or vegetables!

It's really important to be kind to yourself as well as others right now. Everyone is working out what they need to do to help those around them - family, friends, neighbours, strangers - but being kind to yourself will help to strengthen your resilience in the long run. 

Whether that means popping outside to connect to nature, or taking a moment to yourself, it isn't selfish if it helps you stay strong.

Connect with nature - in a garden, on a balcony or windowsill, or simply open a window wide and take a good look out - take a moment to touch base with the nature around you. Being outdoors and in nature is scientifically proven to be good for you so get some fresh air any way you can! 

Protecting your mental health and wellbeing is vital, here are some tips from Mind and the BBC, and you can try free online meditations from Headspace and Calm.

The New Economics Foundation have tweaked the Five Ways to Wellness for the current situation. 

 

Community action Response Facebook frame card

Search for Facebook Frames for #CommunityActionResponse and add this frame to your profile picture to show your support for your community.

Working from home card

From some of the home-based Eden Project Communities Team.

Person with Trowel and bag of soil

New to growing - here are some handy tips to get you started, nice and easy.

Beetle

Spend more time in nature if you can, it's good for the mind and soul. Here are some ideas...

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Ideas and resources to help you to reach out and stay connected.

Support web graphic

We can all support each other to get through this together, here's how.

The Big Thanks call out

Share your thanks and spread some neighbourhly joy!