December 11, 2018

Volunteering Mental Health Benefits

Volunteering greatly helps the lives of others but did you know you could also help yourself through volunteering and helping others? From experiencing less stress to more self-confidence, volunteers reap many mental and physical health benefits. Start improving your health through volunteering abroad:

01. Volunteering makes you happier. When you help others your brain releases dopamine in the brain this is the chemical which causes you to be happy. So, through volunteering you literally become a happier person.

02. Get closer to the locals, spending days with the children helping at schools and walking them home and spending the evening with their family. Volunteers gain a much better understanding of the country, the people and the culture.

03. By taking on small tasks in a relaxed environment and gradually increasing the amount of responsibility volunteers with low self-esteem can feel appreciated and a sense of achievement, boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem.

04. It is reported that ADHD volunteers and those with chronic illnesses noticed that their focus improved, and they could better manage their symptoms.

05. There are nine million people in the UK who experience loneliness. Chatting with fellow volunteers and locals increases the social interaction and reduces the likeliness of becoming lonely.

06. Increased social interactions with fellow volunteers can also have positive benefits on the body according to Psychology Today.

07. Teaching, building, animal and children care are some of the skills you can learn on volunteer projects abroad. Transferable skills are also improved whilst volunteering, from communication and team work to organisation and administration.

08. Volunteering can help you live a stress-free life, experiencing a calmer state of mind. A gallup poll showed that those who are active in volunteering are less likely to be stressed or worried on a particular day.

09. Hand in hand with lowering stress levels, volunteers also experience lower blood pressure. A study showed that volunteers are 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure compared to those who don’t.

10. Being away from the everyday necessities you think you need can be liberating. With limited internet access, cold water and little privacy living in a dormitory, this can help people to realise they don’t need as many luxuries as they think and appreciate the life they live.

11. There is much more activity involved with volunteering than in most jobs back home. Instead of a sedentary life behind a desk, volunteers are standing for prolonged periods of time and carrying supplies around or to and from project. Those who volunteer are some of the healthiest people in the UK.

12. The Alzheimers society recommends volunteering as it keeps a brain active that it can hold off diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

13. Volunteering attracts people from all over the world and different walks of life. It is not uncommon to find people who have been or are currently going through difficult times. Some volunteers find comfort in knowing that they’re not the only one struggling.

14. For anyone who is unemployed and has experienced an extended period without work, volunteering can be an easy and fun way to get used to a routine again.

15. Affordable options make take slightly longer to find but they do exist! They may be located on the second or third page of results. Here are some more affordable options available:
Original Volunteers
Build Abroad
Worldpackers
Inter Exchange
EFTC

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