When you have a problem or an issue or some sort of drama going on in your life, the best way to over come it is to focus on other people. Not just butting into something else’s business but to focus on other people as in helping someone who needs and wants it. Whether it’s giving of charitable donations or volunteering or something like that, focusing on helping someone else in their time of need is the perfect way to get out of our own head. Here are a few ways that we can do that.
Babysitting for a Friend
Moms are often overlooked. Think about a few friends you have that are mothers. When was the last time they got a real, true to life, relaxing pedicure or massage? It’s probably been a long time. Sometimes, that’s not even want they want. Many moms would love to just take a nap in the middle of the day instead of having to use their kids’ nap time to clean the house or be productive. You probably have a friend like this and she would love nothing more than a few hours to herself. You could offer your babysitting services free of charge. Just go, pick up her kids and take them to your house or to the park or something for a couple of hours so the mom can do whatever she wants. It may seem like a small thing for you but it will mean the world to the mom. Being able to help someone like that will help you to feel better about yourself, your life and your situation.
Buying Groceries for Someone
If you know of a family that is struggling, what better way to help them out then to pick up some groceries and surprise them with them. It doesn’t have to break the bank, just a few things to invest in someone else. The surprise and appreciation on their face will be payment enough. It could even be someone who is not necessarily struggling financially but maybe just had surgery and haven’t been able to go shopping or just had a baby or something like that. You don’t even need to get up and go out to do this. Many grocery stores have and online shopping and delivery service. If you wanted to remain anonymous then you could do it that way. Remaining anonymous might be a good idea if your friends a little sensitive about their situation. If you don’t know anyone that could benefit from this, there are organizations that can point you in the right direction and help you find someone to bless.
Giving Charitable Donations
Helping families in need is always a great thing to do. It can make us feel good about ourselves, about how we acted and about the world around us. Giving charitable donations is the perfect way to really look outside of our own lives and problems and see the world around us. Clothing donations, house appliances and more are a great way to give of yourself and stop thinking inwardly. Just pack up a items and take to a donation drop off center. It’s as easy as that. You could have someone from the charity come and pick up your items if you don’t have time to load up and drop up.
You could either volunteer to partake in community service doing something like trash pick up or you could volunteer in a soup kitchen, serving food to the homeless. If you are inspired enough, you could make volunteering a regular thing. Doing something like serving in a soup kitchen gives you the opportunity to start to get to know some of the regulars. If hearing their stories and finding out some of the things that they have been through doesn’t give you perspective on your life then nothing will.
Between volunteering, charitable donations, grocery delivery and babysitting there are some great ideas here for investing in someone else’s life instead of getting all wrapped up in your own. When you feel yourself starting to wilt inward, force yourself to touch someone else’s life and that will break the cycle of selfishness in your life.