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Carpenters Wellness Center | May 04, 2023

The cold winter months often cause reclusive habits that may have a negative impact on your mental health. You’re more likely to curl up with a warm blanket and watch your favorite show instead of interacting with others. But spring brings warmer weather, inviting greenery, and more opportunities to connect. As the world thaws, there are more ways to bring warmth into your personal life and improve your mental health. One opportunity that you may want to consider is volunteerism.

Volunteering in your community is a great way to improve your mental well-being. It checks off a few self-care needs that are related to happiness. For example, volunteering may improve your spiritual health. Spiritual health can involve engaging in activities that give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment in life. The act of volunteering may give you a sense of meaning and appreciation.

Giving back to the community may also help you connect and bond with others. Social connections are important for your mental health. Working next to someone with a common goal helps your community and provides more opportunities to socialize. Dedicating time as a volunteer can expand your social network and social skills. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to participate in a shared activity and goal.

If you choose to volunteer, you may want to consider your motivation behind it. Selfless volunteering can foster more life satisfaction. Giving your time because you want to will have a greater positive effect on your health compared to those who feel obligated to volunteer. If you view your volunteerism as a burden, find something else you enjoy.

Volunteering has a profound effect in many ways. It can give us a sense of purpose, reduce stress, increase social connectedness, and offers numerous health benefits. Finding something that you are passionate about is essential for these benefits to come to fruition. Additionally, at the very least, you are making the world a better place, and that may give you something to smile about.

Volunteer opportunities are everywhere. Here’s just a few that may spark your interest:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Local animal shelter
  • Senior living center
  • Local hospital
  • Food pantry
  • other charity organizations

Sources: APA.org, NIH.gov, MayoClinic.org

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