• Melissa Byrd

Ask not what you can do to Volunteer, but what Volunteering can do for you!

Have you always thought about volunteering but failed to follow through? Maybe you don't have the time even though deep down you have a heart of gold. I think we can all relate to that. I certainly often felt overwhelmed by the busyness that I chose to place on myself. That's right, it is a choice and more often than not, it seems my choices used to leave me exhausted and unsatisfied.

It wasn't until I started learning the art of giving back, and not just as an obligation but true selfless giving, that I began to feel complete. Volunteering my time to a cause that I have lived, that I am passionate about, that makes a difference in others lives has many rewards, but I also feel that I find ways to "give back" in nearly everything that I do. It has also taught me to be more open to receive, an act far more difficult than giving!

I certainly could use this as an opportunity to beg for help, I certainly need it for JHG! However, I feel the more important message is that there is actual science to prove that volunteering does just as much for you as it does for others. It is known to relieve stress and anxiety. The act of helping others releases various hormones and neurotransmitters that simply put, just make you feel better.

Don't just take my word for it. Click the photo below for another great example and a little factual evidence to challenge your thoughts and to hopefully inspire you to not only help others, but to help yourself!

Click for link to "Volunteering is the Best Kept Secret for Mental Health"

#volunteer #stress #anxiety

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