The holidays are an infamously lonely time of the year for many people. When you’ve experienced loss, it’s easy to get consumed by a feeling of loneliness while others are celebrating with loved ones. But instead of becoming overcome by your grief, channel it by helping others.
Giving back is the perfect way to get your mind off of your own sadness by remembering that you’re not alone in your hardship.
In today’s post, we’ll be looking deeper at how volunteering helps with loneliness. We’ll follow that up by highlighting ways that you can get started volunteering immediately.
How Volunteering Helps with Loneliness
Volunteering is the perfect cure for loneliness.
By definition, loneliness thrives in an environment where you’re always alone. A good way to start remedying that is by getting involved in some sort of community.
What better way to do that than by volunteering...
Develop Social Connections
Loneliness is common with anyone moving to a new city – new college students, business professionals and even retirees.
Volunteering provides an opportunity to socialize with other volunteers or the people you’re helping. Not only will this alleviate the sense of isolation that often happens, it also fills free time that sometimes enhances the feeling of loneliness.
Alter Your Perspective on Life
It’s easy to feel like your problems are impossible when you’re feeling lonely.
Working closely with those in need of help will alter your life perspective and help you understand that your problems might not be so bad.
Develop New Skills
Volunteering exposes you to new and potentially interesting skills. You may even come across something new that becomes a hobby that you can share with others.
While it’s good to know that volunteering will help you in many ways, it’s wise to volunteer without expecting anything in return.
Some of these benefits may not be available immediately, while others may take time. Volunteer to get out of the house and help others, and let everything else be an “unexpected” perk.
Easy Ways You Can Volunteer Immediately
Are you ready to get out there and start improving the wellbeing of others? There are several ways that you can get started volunteering right now:
Help Seniors in Your Community
Not everyone in need has people around the house to help them. Seniors who are able enough to support themselves will still benefit from an eager hand.
Reach out to your elderly neighbors and ask there’s anything you can do to help:
- Rake leaves
- Shovel snow
- Bring them a meal
- Fix household issues.
I’d also like to point out that this type of volunteering isn’t limited to the elderly. Perhaps you have a large family or single mother in your neighborhood… This strategy is great because not only do you get to give back, but you also get to build relationships within your neighborhood.
Volunteer with Others from Home.
There are multiple ways that you can volunteer from your home.
Since you’d like to socialize with others, create a MeetUp group and invite other do-gooders to get involved. You can create kits for the homeless, care packages for military, fix up clothing for those in need… The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
Become a Volunteer Healer
You didn’t think we’d go the whole article without mentioning how you could volunteer with Relief from pain, did you?
We’re always looking for strong, capable healers that love their community.
And you can get involved – even if you aren’t a healer! Contact us with how you’d like to help and we’ll see where you can fit in. Whether is helping out with social media, doing admin tasks or planning a fundraiser – we can always use some extra hands!
Ditch Loneliness for Community
Get creative and discover other ways that you can help out in your area.
You may just discover that helping improve the lives of others improves your own life. Anyone struggling with loneliness only needs to look for a volunteer opportunity and they’ll be on the path to a rich, fulfilling social life.