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Volunteering can improve your mental health

Did you know? Studies show that those who have been diagnosed with mental health disease will highly benefit from getting involved in volunteering, and it also helps to protect you from mental health problems even before it manifests.

  • It provides structure and routine – a positive influence on your wellbeing.
  • It helps you to feel good about yourself.
  • It improves feelings of self-esteem.
  • It provides opportunities to make friends and take part in social activities. This can be especially beneficial for the active elderly who contributes to society.
  • It can provide learning opportunities.

Getting involved in any volunteer work will make you stand out to prospective employers.

Mental health issues can interrupt your career and education. Often there are projects and services out there which can help with this.

When volunteering, you feel connected, and experience less stress and anxiety.

You can help build a thriving community by volunteering – thereby helping to foster wellbeing for everyone.

Finding a cause that matters will make you feel exhilarated and thrilled by your accomplishments.

Gradually the focus on work and the gratitude received from it will surpass other issues in life that cause negative emotions. You will also sleep better at night with the knowledge that you are part of a greater good.

Research has found a correlation between volunteering and happiness.

It was found that those who volunteered reported being more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better.

In times when you feel lost, volunteering can give you a sense of purpose.

Dedicating time to a cause gives you new direction and allows you to find meaning in something unexpected. It can also take your mind off your own troubles while keeping you mentally stimulated.

When volunteering and going through a healing process you can be an inspiration to others struggling with their mental health, to offer hope, raise awareness and remind them that they are not alone.

Your work could not only boost your emotional wellbeing, but it could also be a critical step towards ending stigma and increasing mental health support. You can make a difference!

Volunteering among adults, age 60 and over not only provides mental health but also physical benefits.

As you reduce stress you will have a decrease in heart disease, stroke, anxiety, and general illness. It has also been found that individuals who volunteer have lower mortality rates than those who do not.

Find a cause that speaks to your heart.

You will make new friends and strengthen existing relationships. Dedicating time as a volunteer will help you expand your social network and practice social skills with others. You will soon realise that it brings fun back into your life.


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