Saturday, 13 October 2012

Life Changing Benefits of Volunteering

Here is the Second Point of this series ............


Point 2 :Volunteering rejuvenate your mind and body 




Volunteering help in building mental and physical health.

§  Volunteering increases self-confidence. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
§  Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times.
§  Volunteering helps you stay mentally & physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.

I have limited mobility - can I still volunteer?

Whether due to a lack of transportation, time constraints, a disability or other reasons, many people prefer to volunteer via phone or computer. There are many projects where you can help. Writing and graphic design lends itself to working at home, and in today’s digital age many organizations might also need help with email and websites.  
If you think home-based volunteering might be right for you, contact organizations you like and ask what some of the possibilities might be. Some volunteer organizations may require you to attend an initial training or periodical meetings. You also want to make sure that you are getting enough social contact, and that the organization is available to support you should you have questions.

2 comments:

  1. As a single mom I have very few chances to socialize. I felt a wide distance between myself and the world. I didn't know what may be going on. I always volunteered at the church but not much outside of that. Now, I volunteer all over Chicago. I am now staying current on news from many sources. It is like rejoining the world. My confidence in myself, society and as a woman trying to raise a boy to a man is flourishing. I have even begun to have more confidence in career changes as I begin to look to professionally write and teach about my experiences. Volunteering does everyone some good.

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    1. Its Amazing Mae , that you can do a lots of activities just by sitting at home and can help , as we believe help the one who need your help , and you can do a lot from home .
      Can you please let me know are you open to do volunteering from home or you also wants to physically do it in India .

      Thanks ,

      Sandy

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