Volunteering or fundraising is a great way to give support to individuals that are in need, to help improve your local community or to raise desperately needed funds for charities or other worthwhile causes. But there are many benefits that can improve your own life too. For example, planning and carrying out a fundraising event or volunteering for the NHS can improve your career prospects, teach you new skills and introduce you to people that you might not have otherwise met. However, the biggest benefits volunteering or fundraising can give you is the positive impact it can have on your mental health.
Helping others to improve their self-confidence and provide a sense of purpose
Doing something good for others can give you a real sense of accomplishment and help you to realise the skills that you have and the attributes that you can offer. This will encourage you to look at future goals and have a more positive outlook on life. Feeling a sense of purpose is especially good for those who are not currently in employment or have lost a loved one. Keeping yourself mentally stimulated can have a positive impact in all areas of your life.
Connecting with other fundraisers or volunteers relieves negative emotions and thoughts
When we make connections with other people we do not feel so alone or isolated, which has been a huge problem for many since the pandemic. This in turn means we are less stressed or anxious. Symptoms of depression can also alleviate when spending time with other people and feelings of anger subside. People who are volunteering or fundraising also have fewer negative thoughts about their own life and problems and it can help you to gain a balanced perspective when realising that everyone is struggling with some elements of their life but you all have each other for support.
Doing something worthwhile will make you happier
Research has shown that helping others boosts the serotonin levels in our brains which is the chemical that gives us a feeling of satisfaction and wellbeing. When we feel good about ourselves, endorphins are released into the body and the more endorphins that are produced, the happier we feel.
If you like the sound of becoming an NHS volunteer, you will not only be helping to support the NHS but you will be improving your own mental health too. You would also be able to enjoy the great vouchers and benefits that we offer to NHS workers. Find out more here.