National Random Acts of Kindness Week
According to AARP, there are approximately 43.5 million Americans that have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the past 12 months. These heroes are usually referred to as caregivers.
On top of their normal day to day activities like taking the kids to school, working a full-time job, paying bills, buying groceries, keeping the house clean and juggling a work-life balance, caregivers also assist family members or friends to make sure they get the best possible care. Some of these responsibilities include assessing medical needs, providing companionship, monitoring medication, preparing care plans, cooking and feeding meals, coordinating doctor’s appointments, grocery store visits, running other errands, and the list of possibilities continue.
While caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, sometimes the added responsibilities of being a caregiver become overwhelming and exhausting, occasionally taking a toll on their heath, relationships, and state of mind.
Since February 18th – 22nd is National Random Acts of Kindness Week, we thought there was no better time to celebrate the caregiver in your life and recognize them for all that they do!
Random acts of kindness are an easy way to make your caregiver smile and reduce some of their stress. Not only will a random act of kindness brighten their day, but yours as well.
In fact, as said by The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, “the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!”
Below you will find 5 simple ways to show your caregiver a random act of kindness. If you do not have a caregiver, you can still participate by doing a random act of kindness for a family member, friend, or someone that you know who is a caregiver.
1. Positive Sticky Notes
This is something that you probably already have in your home or office! Grab those sticky notes and spend a few minutes writing positive things on them. When you are done, place them around the house where your caregiver, friend, or family member will see them! For example: on top of a pillow, on a mirror, or in the bathroom!
A few encouraging phrases to get you thinking are:
You are inspiring
I am thankful for you
You are beautiful
2. Send a small gift
A $5.00 electronic gift card to your caregiver, friend, or family member’s favorite coffee spot will be sure to make their day. Starbucks Coffee makes this really simple; all you need is their email address, debit card and a smartphone or computer. Click this link to be directed to the “gift” page:
If the person you are buying for does not like coffee, try sending them flowers, a plant, or another type of gift card.
3. Do a small chore
Does your caregiver, friend, or family member hate dusting? Surprise them by completing this chore for them! Other small household chores that can easily be completed are:
Make the bed
Unload the dishwasher
Dust the TV screen
Clean the bathroom mirror
Water the plants
4. Write a handwritten thank you card
Do you remember the last time you wrote a handwritten note? If not, let’s change that! Taking the time to write a heartfelt thank you will truly be cherished by your caregiver, friend or family member. If you need help coming up with things to say, here are a few examples:
Thank you for the kindness you show me every day.
If not for you, where would I be? Thank you for everything you do.
I notice and appreciate all you do for me.
3. Publicly give recognition
This is easy and can be done multiple times in one day! Recognize your caregiver, friend or family member publicly. This could be done virtually anywhere whether it’s at the dinner table, church, or car wash! Or, if you have a social media account, write a short post about how thankful you are for them!
We hope that the caregiver, friend or family member in your life is blessed this week!