Volunteering can help beat the Monday blues.
Having a bad week? Not a fan of this being-awake-on-a-Monday business? Volunteering could be just the thing to cheer you up.
Research shows that being a volunteer helps you live a longer, happier and healthier life. As volunteering is the thing to turn to if you’re feeling low, we’re giving you a little encouragement.
Sometimes our best mates get super busy. It’s annoying when they’re not around to hang out, but it’s important to remember they’re missing quality time with you too. Or perhaps you’ve had a squabble. Tension never feels nice, and although everything will be fixed and made-up in no time, spending a few hours volunteering can be a useful distraction.
Make a new friend while your mates are sorting themselves out. You could use your befriending skills to keep a lonely person company. When your old friends are ready to hang out, you’ll have loads to tell them about. You could even suggest volunteering as befrienders together, and strengthen the bond you have between you.
Had some work criticised? Facing some challenges and not feeling at your best? That’s ok! We can’t all be perfect all of the time. That even goes for things we’re really good at.
Restore faith in your ability. Volunteer to teach someone a skill. While your pupil learns something brand new, you get to go back to basics and become inspired all over again.
If you’ve just moved out on your own or don’t see your family as often as you like, turn to a makeshift family. A volunteering family!
There are youth clubs and local organisations all over the UK waiting with open arms. Units like the Scouts and GirlGuides are close-knit groups who learn new skills together. Local elderly mentoring schemes pair you with an elderly person to connect with, and can you bond by teaching them how to use technology like iPads and phones. Mentoring someone is the easiest way to fill the family-sized space in your heart.
Taking time out to relax and be a couch potato for a bit is totally fine. But spending weeks on end like that will make you feel lethargic. If you’re feeling under-motivated, use volunteering to get active! Help others by being creative and showing off your showbiz skills. Nothing gets the adrenaline going like a performance. Make new friends and cure that boredom. Get on that stage! Or better yet, check out the free Inspired Card and get exclusive discounts and opportunities across the UK and Europe.