No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop
Sometimes we forget that everyone’s going through something.
So this month’s Health Storylines challenge is to do a small act of kindness.
The best form of kindness starts with being kind to yourself but if you want to broaden that approach there’s a kindness movement you can tap into. It was launched way back in 1995.
That’s all and good if you’ve enough energy to go around but sometimes you just need to bring it back to the power of one, you.
It’s important to offer yourself kindness. Like love, if you’re kind to yourself, you’ll be kind to others. It becomes automatic.
Therefore over the next seven days do a small act of kindness every day. After a week you’ll find being kind to yourself becomes that little bit easier. To really cement this habit, do it for six weeks.
Health Storylines is a helpful tool to guide you. By using MyJournal you can track good deeds by selecting one of five topics, but the one that fits best is under accomplishments (where you can list any random act of kindness).
Random acts don’t need to be big. It can be things like sharing expensive magazines among extended family members to smiling or saying hello to a stranger in the street.
In MyJournal just tick Box three to enter actions in the Entry panel. It’s a way to affirm and track those moments when you’ve been kind to yourself, or someone else. Next share it with friends or family that can view your story, or just add it to your journal. It’s always there in the history for you to recall. And you can also personalise your Health Storylines according to your condition, to receive additional Tools to better track your health.
Whether you have a chronic illness or not being kind to yourself, and others, releases powerful feel-good endorphins. The act helps you to live more in the present. It also allows you to accept what you can, and can’t, control.
If you need further help to be kind to yourself, try this mindfulness mediation. Previous RoamingRave posts on Mindfulness explain how it takes time and effort for positive thoughts to override the negative. But it’s worth pursuing.
Being kind to yourself when living with a chronic condition is huge part of bearing it. Therefore it’s important others know about your illness so they understand what’s going on. It’s also important to track symptoms. It can help those who may share the same symptoms or experience.
Health Storylines is always seeking people to tell their story. For NETs patients that’s shared under Zebra Tales. But anyone living with a chronic condition (a long-term health condition that may not have a cure) such as Arthritis, Asthma, Crohn’s disease and COPD. If you’d like to share your story, email email@example.com.
OK, are you ready to join me in living in the moment with each random act of kindness? You are? Great, just click on this link to get started.
The author has used Health Storylines since being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours in 2016. After more than a year documenting her health via the app, she has become a Self-Care Ambassador as part of a pilot to encourage others to track their health. Her story also appears on the app under Zebra Tales.