How Might I Help You Today?

What is something you can do personally today to serve, when you're not on the front lines of this crisis?

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Jill Sylvester, LMHC

This is the question I think many of us might be subconsciously wondering when we aren’t doctors or nurses on the front line or employees working in grocery stores or delivering goods to people’s homes, all these individuals who are our heroes. How do we help people right now? What can we do?

It’s a question I put to my children during our weekly, what we call “Sunday Talk,” which is our family’s spiritual church; and it’s a question to ask of others this week and throughout the duration of this situation.

How might I help you?

This is doing what we can for those of us not on the front lines.

This is doing what we must.

For our own personal growth and development, to reach higher, stepping out of our lives to ask others what they might need from us during this time.

Also for each other, to lift our spirits and focus on positivity versus despair.

Here are five ways to offer our help:

Maybe we forward people’s singing videos, art work, or other creative, inspirational posts to let individuals know we are seeing them and what they are offering to the rest of us.

Maybe we pay people, still, when they can’t clean our homes or do the work they normally would do for us, work they want to be doing, if only they could.

Maybe we call an elderly neighbor to check in and see if they’re okay and if they need anything, maybe just to chat for awhile.

Maybe we call an old friend, to laugh about funny times and purposefully keep the vibe high.

Maybe we send daily light during our meditation or prayer time in the morning, knowing that power is far greater than we could ever possibly imagine.

Whatever way you choose, consider asking others how you might help them, for when you reach higher, we all reach higher.

This is what helps raise the frequency of our world.

Jill Sylvester is a licensed mental health counselor and author of the self-help book, “Trust Your Intuition: 100 Ways to Transform Anxiety and Depression for Stronger Mental Health.” Her work has been featured in Well+Good, Bustle, SheKnows, WorkingMother, Parenthood, TeenMentor, and To receive her free weekly blog containing tips to better your life, subscribe at

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