Kindness is the most crucial thing in my life and the best way to spread joy throughout the holiday season. It doesn’t take much to smile and it’s proven that just by looking at yourself or others and smiling, you can truly brighten up your day and increase your happiness.
I have had the opportunity to get closer with my family and friends during this pandemic despite social distancing. The relationships that I have continued to give my time to and keep in touch with have helped me cope and combat feeling lonely.
Loneliness is unavoidable for most of us during the holiday season and intensified by the global pandemic, however; there are many resources and simple things you can do to help yourself be more connected this holiday season.
The Power of Zoom is real! At this point we are experts with live streaming with loved ones and colleagues, but it truly does make a difference to see each other. Setting aside time to engage and communicate with those you love whether that’s by just setting a time to have a virtual meal together or just chit-chat. I encourage everyone to try it and keep it up!
I frequently DJ on my Instagram Live for friends and fans but I also send out private zoom invites and DJ for my family and loved ones just to see everyone smile, dance, and connect. I also use it for fitness workouts which keeps me from feeling isolated.
There are many organizations that I would like to highlight that I have worked with in the past and present that are doing things to better the world. These are organizations that help our communities feel and be better.
- Be an #ArtsHero is an intersectional grassroots campaign of Arts & Culture workers, Unions, and institutions in the United States pushing the Senate to allocate proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector of the American economy.
- Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit that does great work to improve and expand public transit, prevent traffic fatalities, cut back greenhouse gas emissions, and create an equitable transportation network for all. This 27-year-old advocacy organization is involved with nearly every major transportation project in the greater New York area and their work has taken greater urgency as we look to rebound our economy, combat climate change, and reduce inequality.
- The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. It is still a shocking statistic to me that 3 out of every 4 suicides are men! We must take better care of ourselves during this time.
- SUNY’s Got Your Back is an opportunity for New York University’s students, faculty, staff, and community members from across the state of New York to create comfort kits for victims and survivors of sexual violence. As a survivor myself, I know that this journey is never complete and we must concentrate on our mental health even more than ever before!