Benefits of Volunteering
You may have felt this, but science confirms that people who volunteer their time to help others, are more socially connected and are better able to fight off depression and loneliness. What may be surprising for you to learn though is that volunteering is not just great for your mental health, it is also beneficial for your physical fitness. Research has shown that people who take out time to volunteer remain in better health, with a longer lifespan and lowered blood pressure.
What does this mean? If you haven’t already been considerate with your time, now is the moment to extend it to others. Still not sure how volunteering on a regular basis can help better your physical and mental health? Here are some answers for you.
Increase in Physical and Mental Activeness and Alertness
Volunteering obviously means that you are getting both your mind and body engaged in some kind of task. Not only are you required to do some physical activity, you re expected to think on your feet. For example, if you volunteer at the old age care centre, you would not just perform routine tasks, you might have to provide therapy or simply talk to the residents of the house.
Reduced Stress Levels
When you volunteer, you automatically come in contact with people from different walks of life. This
improves your social network, allows you to feel a connection with others, while making sense of life not just for the ones you are helping, but for yourself too. This improves a sense of self and helps keep depression at bay.
A Sense of Purpose is Built
If you had been feeling lost and without a purpose in life, volunteering will allow you to see a different perspective of life. You will regain your sense of purpose and find out that there is so much more to life than you previously thought.
If you have never volunteered before, try it. It will change your life.