You may be wondering why a blog about self care is proposing the idea of volunteering. So often people who struggle to find time to address their own self care needs feel inundated with the demands of a busy life, commitments, and responsibilities. Even thinking about adding another thing on the ‘to do’ list may sound ludicrous.
Naturally, the decision to volunteer is personal and one that only you can make. But chosen wisely, giving of your time, expertise and/or interests can actually become something you do for yourself.
Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. Time commitments can vary from as little as an hour or two each month to several hours per week. The variety of opportunities is unlimited. The key is to pick an area that aligns with something you are passionate about. Opt for opportunities that include hobbies and interests. Choosing areas that have little to do with your career can be a refreshing change, provide opportunities for increasing knowledge in areas you are interested in, and get you out meeting new people.
Many research studies cite the benefits of volunteering. Increased longevity and improved sense of happiness and well-being are among those benefits. So not only are you giving to others when you volunteer, you are doing yourself a favour as well.