December is not just the holiday season; it’s also the month of giving back. Many people donate to their favorite charity this time of year, but you can also donate your time. Volunteering can be a positive step toward improving your mental health.
- Reducing Stress – relax and volunteer at an activity that you enjoy doing.
- Increasing Happiness – A 2020 study conducted in the United Kingdom found those who volunteered reported being more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better.
- Developing Confidence – Volunteering is an opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.
- Finding Purpose – Dedicating time to a cause can give you new direction and allow you to find meaning in something unexpected.
For a list of local volunteer opportunities, including volunteering with the City of Montgomery, go to montgomeryohio.gov/volunteer
-National Alliance on Mental Illness