June 7th, 2021
“Giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping because giving gives you purpose. When you have a purpose-driven life, you’re a happier person” — Goldie Hawn
Numerous studies have underlined how helping others trigger a set of positive emotions within that individual, thereby boosting their mental health. For instance, donating your time to a good cause or donating your money to feed someone hungry can boost your mood and make you feel much better about yourself.
Helping others create a sense of belonging, as well as provide the person a sense of purpose. It aligns your perspective to what matters the most in life. It can boost your self-esteem and make you a more positive person. Holistically, when you help others by giving, you realize that your existing problems might not be critical as compared to others who have even bigger problems.
This is one of the key secrets of building and sustaining good mental health. So, if you’re going through mental health problems, gather up your energy to help others who need it. You’ll progressively start noticing an improvement in your mood and emotional state.
(Of course, note that if your symptoms are evident and troubling, seek professional help. Just as promptly you would visit the allergy testing center upon noticing allergy symptoms, pace up to visit a mental health professional to treat your mental health problems.)
Coming to how you can give to foster your own mental well-being –Donate a small part of your income every month to groups that work on issues you’re passionate about. Volunteer your time at local food pantries and food banks. Join hands with community outreach services providers to amplify their impact.
For instance, on days when you aren’t feeling well emotionally, help feed someone who can’t afford food. You will be filled with gratitude. If you have experienced any setback recently, connect with local groups to help underprivileged, marginalized communities in your city. You will gain a positive perspective.
Again, there are many, many ways to give and help. Build a habit around this. In the long run, this will shape your mental health positively.