It's time to change all of that! Did you know that volunteer work actually improves your health? Researchers have found that it does all of the following:
- Gets you physically moving
- Fights depression
- Increases self-confidence
- Improves your social skills
- Improves your memory and problem solving skills
Add to that the obvious benefit of helping your community and you now have some wonderful motivation to get involved. This is important because when we're motivated to do something, we're more likely to find the time to do it.
So where do you go? You can start with your church or local community center. They often post when volunteers are needed. There are also some great websites that post volunteer jobs. One that I use quite often is www.volunteermatch.org. When you sign up on this site, it emails you when there are volunteer jobs in your area. You can even choose the types of activities you are willing to do.
That is particularly important in staying motivated. You don't want to sign up for a job that you will hate doing. Try to find volunteer activities that match your own particular skills and interests. For example, I love to write and sometimes type up the bulletin for my church. I am also a neat freak and enjoy organizing things. Therefore, I help out at the local soup kitchen by stocking food and arranging the shelves.
That reminds me, another great way to motivate yourself is to make it a family event. Sign up for an activity that the entire family can do and enjoy. My husband is strong and he sometimes comes with me to the soup kitchen. We use his muscles to lift all the heavy boxes and carry in the heavy beverage containers. It's something we can do together and talk about, which in turn makes us closer.
Volunteering is a wonderful thing you can do for yourself and the community. What are you waiting for? Get out there and start helping!!