Give a little back this winter while doing good for both your community and your mental health. Volunteering and giving back to your community is a great way to maintain and even improve mental health, not to mention it will also have you feeling great afterward!
Giving back and helping your community will not only lift your spirits, but you’ll also be lifting others, helping with their mental health, improving their quality of life, and even giving others a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
What roles are there available to volunteer?
From nonprofit charities, soup kitchens, and retirement homes, you really could have your hands full if you wanted!
However, during the winter there is a specific increase in the need for volunteers, with non-profit charities struggling to provide clothing, shelter, and hot food for the homeless. Even animal shelters need new bedding, indoor space, and heaters to keep their animals warm. No matter what you feel passionate about, chances are there’s an organization that needs your help.
Likewise, if you’re struggling with any mental health conditions yourself, reaching out and helping others is actually a great way to help yourself. Not only will you be more involved in your community, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment while seeing your work make a difference first hand.
What are the mental health benefits of giving back to your community?
While we’ve already touched on a few benefits already, there really is a handful more to experience. We will cover these in greater detail below.
1. Lower your stress levels
If you’ve found yourself to be a little stressed lately, giving back to your community and volunteering can be a great way to let off a little steam and to relax. Giving back to others allows you to put your life into perspective while seeing joy and smiles to others less fortunate.
2. Help Fight Loneliness
It’s all too easy to feel lonely during the holidays, especially when you live away from your hometown. Volunteering helps you feel like you’re apart of something, and the task itself can be very fulfilling. Become a part of a nonprofit’s team for a day and see if that helps you feel less alone.
If you’ve ever found yourself a little lost in life, unsure what to do, or what path to take, helping out in your local community is a great way to put your own life into perspective. Not only will you be doing the world and your community good, but you’ll also begin to see what’s really important in your life, helping you choose the right path and re-shift your own focus and goals in life.