While you are furloughed you are still able to volunteer. If there is a charity, community or organisation you have always wanted to help, then now is your chance. You will find that volunteering is good for your body and mind. Volunteering during furlough is even better for your body and mind. It will provide benefits to your mental health and physical health.
Counteract Negative Well-Being
Volunteering is proven to help counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety. Helping others will have a profound effect on your mental health. By being able to help others you will notice your stress level reduce and your overall mood improve.
Through volunteering during furlough you are kept in regular contact with others. This could be through social distancing, emails or phone calls – but you will feel part of a team. This contact with others will enable to you develop a strong support system and this in turn will protect you against feelings of depression.
Researchers have found that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure for many people. Humans are hard wired to give to others and to help others. The more we give and help others, the happier we feel. Volunteering is a great way of giving and helping to gain these happy feelings.
When you are doing good things for others it fills you will a feeling of self accomplishment. Being a volunteer gives you a sense of pride and identity. The better you feel about yourself the more likely you are to have a more positive outlook about yourself and your future goals.
A Sense of Purpose
During lock down you can feel helpless when you see or hear of others struggling. Volunteering can give you a sense of purpose. You are helping others and you won’t feel helpless. Volunteering during furlough can also take your mind off our own worries because you are focusing on others and have something to occupy your mind.
Have you considered volunteering during furlough? Have a look online, there are so many volunteering opportunities out there! You might find that through volunteering you are able to boost some of your skills and improve your CV too, so you can apply for that dream job you’ve always wanted.