With restrictions eased, most of us are attempting to return to our normal routines. But while we’ve all felt the impact differently, it’s clear that it will take time for families, businesses, and communities to recover to the way things were.
During this time It’s common to feel isolated, stressed, or lonely. This is why taking care of our mental health is so important. And one of the best ways to do this is by reconnecting with the community.
So today we talk about small ways you can reengage and feel connected with others. This is done by getting out of your home, spending time with others, and getting involved in the community.
As a result you’re supporting people around you in the same way and giving back.
Help someone out
This could be something simple: like helping someone mow their lawn, pick up something they dropped, or assist with doing their taxes.
Or you could look for opportunities to make someone feel better in the community. This could be paying for their morning coffee or a courtesy visit to someone in a home or hospital.
Small acts of kindness done frequently help you stay connected with others. It also brings a smile to your face as well as the person you’re helping.
Why not go the extra mile and volunteer? We’ve supported many people with disability to volunteer, which helps them build skills for work. But it’s also a great way to meet new people, pick up new interests, and feel part of the community.
There’s so many options to suit your interests and availabilities. You can start by looking at Volunteering WA.
Join a community group
Mix things up and try out a community group. From hiking, to gaming, cooking, playing sports, or just sharing interests, there’s a club for everyone.
This helps you maintain different social groups in your life. Connecting with people who share your interests and beliefs helps to build a sense of belonging.
Donate your items
The act of giving naturally makes us feel good and connected to others. By donating your goods this makes it available for those less fortunate and also avoids waste and pollution.
Charity shops can also supply these goods for local support groups, like we did for the Perth Homeless Support Group last year. You can drop off your secondhand items at the Balcatta Recycling Shop – see the list of what we can and can’t accept.
We hope we’ve provided some inspiration to try something new in your local community!