Volunteering can be a great way to engage in the civilian community, broaden social networks and create structure and routine. Regular volunteering is known to improve overall mental health but even just a few hours of giving back can improve your mood.
- Create a feeling of purpose and achievement
- Decrease feelings of isolation
- Enhance self-esteem and confidence
- Decrease depression and stress
- Enhance sleep patterns
- Create deeper ties with the community
- Establish friendships with like-minded people
- Enhance overall physical health.
Although volunteering can be positive for your physical and mental health it’s also important to keep it manageable so you don’t become overwhelmed. It’s ok to set limits and to take a break if you are becoming stressed.