35 days of Wellbeing day 24

Today Jo looks at the social aspect of helping others. Helping others is a great way of making friendships. 45% of people in the UK say they feel lonely or have no close friends. Volunteering as part of a charity or social enterprise can help build our social network. Connecting with other volunteers and people we are helping. leads to Better brain function, reduce anxiety and depression, improve immune system. We make strong connections when we work together for a common goal. Purpose and collaboration result in mental health improvements and a better outlook on life. Helping others as part of a team is good for those with mental health conditions such as Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and even Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Research has shown that people with these diagnoses have all been helped by volunteering. When people with OCD, PTSD, or anger management issues volunteer, they feel more connected to others. They have an increased sense of purpose. Connection and meaning translate to decreased symptoms and improved social function

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