Share Compassion, not COVID-19
We’re all weary of the ongoing effort to protect our community from the impact of COVID-19. At times, we may feel angry, fearful, anxious, or overwhelmed. It can make it all the more challenging to practice empathy and show compassion to others. But there are many benefits to doing both. It reduces stress, builds trust, and strengthens the emotional connections we all need right now. It can also help resolve conflict. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we focus on supporting one another, showing compassion, and finding ways to work together to reduce the distress that COVID-19 has brought to our community.
How can I express empathy and compassion?
With friends, family, and neighbors
Out and about in public
In the workplace
Compassion leads to connection
Practicing empathy and compassion is good for us. Studies suggest that it can boost our physical health and mental well-being, improve our relationships, and make us more resilient to stress. Taking care of each other builds social connectedness and strengthens our community. Those bonds create a sense of belonging. A lack of compassion can lead to division between groups of people. We need a bigger ‘we’ to get through this pandemic. Show compassion for yourself and others.