How Giving Back Helps Us NOW

You can reduce YOUR anxiety by giving back.

We recently wrote about the importance of  giving back during the COVID-19 virus. Today, we consider how  giving back helps us NOW. Especially with regard to the anxiety and stress we feel.

Marty Nemko,  recently wrote about “Giving as Healing: A Tool for Enhancing Your Mental Health.” Published with Psychology Today:

After a talk by famed psychiatrist Karl Menninger, an audience member asked what to do about a patient who felt a nervous breakdown coming on. Everyone expected Menninger to recommend drugs or in-depth therapy. Instead, he suggested, “Leave your house, find someone in need, and do something to help that person.”

Indeed, my clients and I have found that giving can be healing. That may be especially important today. The double-whammy of the COVID lockdown and racial roiling is making many people sadder, angrier, or more anxious.

These are three giving ideas from Nemko — which will help you feel better too:

    • Do something for neighbors without their knowing it. For example, toss the newspaper from the sidewalk onto their doorsteps. More generous: How about doing a task your neighbor would appreciate, for example, pulling the weeds from his or her front lawn?
    • Do some pro-bono work. For example, mental or physical health professionals might see some more clients for free.
    • Put a flower on someone’s doorstep, anonymously or not.

For other ideas from Nemko, click the image.

How Giving Back Helps Us NOW
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Author: Living Well with Cancer

I am a long-time business school professor, who is a Pancreatic Cancer survivor. I had Whipple surgery on February 12, 2015. In this blog, I want to help others live well with cancer. A positive attitude, caring family, strong medical team, and supportive colleagues are key. And support from other cancer survivors can be life affirming.

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