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Volunteering reduces anxiety by increasing self-worth
Volunteering reduces anxiety by giving your teen a safe place to develop new skills
Volunteering reduces anxiety by connecting teens with positive role models
Volunteering reduces anxiety by helping your teen feel more gratitude
The newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 spoke about the importance of gratitude during the competition. She said that after working in the slums of Manila, she found that if people felt gratitude they did better and she saw more smiles on children’s faces.
Volunteering helped me feel more gratitude and when I was thankful there was little room for the anxiety and depression to affect me.
As much as I struggled with anxiety at home, seeing the circumstances of the children I worked with and how they felt joy made me realize that things weren’t so bad. During a mission trip to the Mexico border, I worked with children that lived on concrete slabs surrounded by cardboard structures. But they were the most joyful kids I ever met. It inspired me to be more thankful about my own situation and it gave me purpose to learn about why they were so happy.
Volunteering reduces anxiety by getting your teen “out of their head”
My suicidal thoughts often came when I was in my head too much. I am an introvert. I internalize things and I don’t speak out loud until I have thought about 5 or 6 different ways to say it. By then I would think my time to speak had passed.
Volunteering gave me an opportunity to get out of my head and be a person of action. It kept me busy and around people so that I didn’t have time to dwell on my thoughts too much. I knew people counted on me and I needed to be there.
This helped me also learn to look at the big picture and not dwell on the small details that contributed to more anxiety. As long as the donations got to where they needed to be or the children had a good time learning a lesson, they didn’t care how it happened. That provided a sense of relief.
Next Steps: How to get your teen involved in Volunteering
I am not a medical professional and everything written in this post comes from personal experience. If you or someone you know has anxiety or depression, I strongly encourage you to seek help. You can start by looking at these RESOURCES or by calling the SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE at 1-800-273-8255.
Hi! I’m Kim.
I’m a wife, mom, and educator.I’ve worked in higher education for over 18 years and love planning events that engage students in fun, hands on experiences. My strength is in the logistics and I plan for fun. I am now using my strengths to help others take the stress out of event planning to have quality programs for youth of all ages.