Did you know that November 13 is World Kindness Day? Yes, indeed! It was started by this Swiss NGO called the World Kindness Movement, who’re all about bringing people closer and feeling good about oneself.
To highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. - World Kindness Day Purpose
Not gonna lie , this year’s not been the easiest. Being cooped up at home. Not being able to go out and meet BFFs (or… anyone else). Video call fatigue. Oh, and yeah, that virus. It can all be too much. And no, it’s not just you - science and research has shown many of these have deleterious effects on our well-being.
So this World Kindness Day, we have a simple suggestion: Be kind to yourself. You deserve it.
This might seem like an odd and maybe even cheesy thing to do, but it has benefits. Trust us, we even read some research about calming heart rates and, better immune system and stuff. Basically, being kind to yourself is good for your physical and mental health. This looks like something we could all use right now, so we’ve put together some ideas for you. Think of it as being Soulfull and Mindfull (see what we did there?).
Write a love poem to yourself:
Let’s start with something the World Kindness Movement themselves recommend. Treat yourself as another person and hit those verses. If an entire poem sounds too hard, then work on a written paragraph or just a few bullet points. It’ll make you feel instantly good, and keep it in a place where you can revisit every now and then when you feel down. Go on, don’t be shy. Here, we’ll give it a try too.
We’re making healthy snacks, our Bites are pretty cool.
We heart our oats and millets, we’re the team from Soulfull!
Do a fun exercise:
Don’t go away! Hear us out! Keeping yourself in shape is one of the best things you can do to yourself (your future self will thank you). And it can be fun. It doesn’t need to be all burpees and push-ups. How about dancing like no-one’s watching? Like heavier music? Turn on a concert of your favourite band and mosh away. You’ll work up quite the sweat.
Give your kitchen a nutritional makeover:
You don’t need to compromise on taste to live a healthier lifestyle. You just need to learn a few things and get a few new ingredients in. For example, replace sugar with jaggery (we do that, for example, in our Smoothix drinks and you wouldn’t be able to tell!). Cut out the maida and use healthier options like ragi flour, which is extremely versatile (as we wrote about here).
One of the biggest health trends globally over the last few years has been meditation, with the best brains from Silicon Valley recommending it. Perhaps it’s fitting that this ancient form is relevant at a time when our lives are faster and more hectic than ever before. The wonderful thing is that it’s very easy to do. It’s proven to be a great way to reduce stress, and even help gain perspective and enhance creativity. Oh, and you can do it even if you have just 5 minutes. There are many videos on YouTube and meditation-specific apps to help you get started. In terms of being kind to yourself, this one is right up there. Bonus points if you have a nice aromatic candle around!
Give yourself a healthy treat:
Many times when we’re feeling down, we reach for comfort food which, many times, is not the healthiest thing we can put in our bodies. So while we might feel good in the short term, we feel worse in the long run. So we have a solution for you: Healthy treats that do not compromise on taste. Packed with nutrients and vitamins. Choose from our ever-popular Ragi Bites, our flavourful Millet Muesli, or our best-selling Smoothix shake which packs in quite the punch with 12 supergrains.
So there you go: A few ways to be kind to yourself.Usually, we associate Friday the 13th with something negative. Well, not this time. For a few hours this Friday, give yourself a bit of a break to be good to yourself - healthier mind, healthier body, happier you. We got you, fam!