I’ve been on the stress buster theme for awhile and I hope it has been helpful. I’ll be switching it up next week. Let me leave you with one last stress buster for awhile: volunteer. When you give yourself away in service you will reduce your stress. Helping others, helping the environment, just volunteering and being a part of a team can make a huge difference and life a lot of stress off your shoulders. Where do you do this – a church, a food pantry, a soup kitchen, a local hospital, Salvation Army, nursing home, and the list can go on and on.
- Volunteering increases self-confidence. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
- Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times.
- Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
As the Bible tells us, “Be kind and compassionate to one another.” Eph 4:32 Get out there and volunteer and watch the stress melt away. Have a great weekend and know that God loves you. Don’t forget to take some time for some Sabbath reflection, meditation, and prayer.