Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.
Have you ever volunteered somewhere? If you have, then you might know that it’s a highly engaging way to give back to the community and help out potentially vulnerable or physically challenged people at the same time.
However, there are some health benefits which can come from volunteering that you might not have known about. If you’re not sure as to what we mean, don’t worry. We’re going to be exploring them properly here and now.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more,
but those giving more. “
Life can be very stressful, and we do not doubt that for even a second. So when it comes to finding activities which give you the chance to relax and calm down, volunteering sticks out from the crowd. Volunteering is an excellent way to calm down and de-stress, while at the same time helping out a person or an organisation.
Helps to Combat Depression
Depression can be a mighty demon which can do terrible things to someone’s sense of perspective on life and their will to maintain their hobbies and goals. Thankfully, volunteering can be a way to help combat depression by giving you a sense of purpose and the endorphins which come from a selfless act. It’s a good choice for anyone who wants to feel a little better about themselves.
A lack of self-confidence can translate into a variety of different health conditions, which is why it can be so important to do things which make you feel more confident in yourself. An example of this is volunteering. It helps you to feel like you can contribute and this, in turn, boosts self-confidence.
Makes You Happy
Being happy isn’t much to ask for really. It is something that we strive to be as often as possible, and who would have known that the solution for that is to volunteer? When you’re doing something meaningful, you’ll release endorphins which will make you feel happy, so it’s all the more reason to help out.
When you don’t have a proper perspective on life, you can manifest all sorts of nasty health conditions that can make you feel miserable. So when you volunteer, you’ll find that you develop this all-important perspective and learn how to embrace life for what it is.
What a lot of people do not know is that volunteering can help to prevent diseases. You see, the positive actions that we perform for others help to boost our immune system, and ensure that we go on to live longer, healthier lives.
Okay, so here’s the deal. You want to live for a long time. Well, you’re not going to do that unless you take the time to volunteer and look after the people. Studies have shown that people who put aside their own time to help others often live longer and more prosperous lives than those who don’t. So, if you want to put as much as you can into volunteering, you find it pays back in how long you live yourself.
Thousands of amazing people give up their time to volunteer across the UK, in a range of ways. Volunteering can have a great impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Stay up to date with news and information on our work in the local community and the charities we care about.