How Volunteering Can Improve Your Health

How Volunteering Can Improve Your Health

Posted on May 20, 2014 by ElderCare Resources Phoenix in Blog, Community Resources, Education, Volunteering

By: Sarah Gray

Often life can feel like a struggle, between work, weekly to-dos, and maybe raising a family. Juggling many pieces at once can leave you stressed out, often for long timeperiods which can impact your health. Several medical and natural ways exist to improve your well-being, but volunteering is an excellent natural alternative often overlooked for its many benefits.

Increase Self-Confidence

Opportunities exist all across the country, and finding a volunteer community that you are passionate about can have positive effects. For example, Atlanta volunteer work participants have found the act as a self-esteem and self-confidence boost. Because you’re doing good deeds for the community and others in need, you’re bound to get a sense of accomplishment. It can also provide a better sense of who you are and where you want to go in life. The better opinion that you have about yourself will translate into a more hopeful outlook on life.

Reduced Depression

Most people fail to realize how volunteering can also contribute to your psychological well-being. Depression affects over 4.8 million American adults and if you suffer from depression and feelings of sadness, interacting with others could be very beneficial. You may feel less discouraged and alone when you give back to those in need.

Combat Loneliness

If you have problems socializing and getting out of the house, volunteering can allow you the chance to meet new people. Whether you volunteer to walk dogs, devote your time to building homes, or teaching children how to read, you’re bound to feel good and happy with the work that you’re doing for others. Even if you encounter difficult situations along the way, you can be proud with the imprint that you’re leaving on the world. This can be especially helpful to seniors and those who live on their own.

Promotes Physical Activity

Additionally, volunteering is good for your physical wellness at any stage of your life. However, it can be especially beneficial for older adults and seniors.  Finding the right cause to volunteer your time has been proven to significantly reduce an individual’s mortality rate. It has even been shown to reduce symptoms for those dealing with cancer, chronic pain and heart disease.

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