Self-Care for Volunteers

26 August 2022

Although volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your community, it can also be very tiring. Taking care of yourself is crucial while volunteering your time to others. Here are some pointers on how to take care of yourself when volunteering and prevent burnout.

Why is self-care important for volunteers?

As a volunteer, you dedicate your time and energy to helping others. But what about taking care of yourself? Volunteering can be rewarding and fulfilling, but it can also be taxing on your mental and physical health. When you give your time and energy to help others, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. That's why it's important to practice self-care.

Self-care can help you avoid burnout, which is a common problem among volunteers. It can help volunteers stay healthy and well-rested, so they can continue to do their important work. If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, take a break and focus on taking care of yourself.

When you're taking care of yourself, you're in a better position to give your best to others. When you're physically and emotionally depleted, it's harder to be patient, to be understanding, and to give your all to the cause you're fighting for. So, make sure to schedule some time for yourself, even if it's just a few minutes each day. Take a break when you need it, and don't feel guilty about it. Your volunteer work will be all the better for it.

What are some self-care activities that volunteers can do?

Fortunately, there are lots of easy ways to incorporate self-care into your life. Just a few minutes of self-care each day can make a big difference. And the good news is that self-care doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive.

Some ways to practice self-care include getting regular exercise, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks when needed. Everyone has different needs, so it's important to find what works for you.

Some suggested self-care activities can include:

  • - A time to relax, meditate, or just do something you enjoy.

  • - Preparing and eating healthy foods and exercise regularly, as this will help you maintain your energy levels.

  • - Getting enough sleep each night, as this will also help you stay refreshed and energised.

How can volunteers make time for self-care?

It's no secret that volunteers are some of the most selfless people around. They give their time, energy, and resources to help others without expecting anything in return. But even volunteers need to take care of themselves sometimes.

Here are a few tips on how to make time for self-care as a volunteer:

- Schedule time for yourself: you can make sure to schedule some time for yourself every week, even if it's just an hour or two.

- Make self-care a priority: Don't let your volunteer commitments always take precedence over your own wellbeing. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and focus on taking

- You can also try to find ways to make your volunteering work less stressful, such as choosing projects that you're passionate about or delegating tasks to other volunteers.

Give yourself a break.
Your volunteering experience is valid.

You might feel like your volunteering experience isn't good enough. Maybe you're not doing enough hours or you feel like you're not making a difference. But we're here to tell you that your volunteering experience is valid.

No matter how much time you spend volunteering, or what type of work you're doing, your experience is valuable. You are helping to make a difference in your community, and that is worth celebrating.

You are still a valuable volunteer. Your time, your effort, and your energy are all incredibly valuable. So don't be afraid to give yourself a break. So next time you doubt your volunteering experience, remember that it is valid and that you are making a difference.

If you’re keen on making a difference, volunteer with us at HelpHer Do Better! Whether it's helping out at one of our events or simply spreading the word about our cause, every little bit counts. And of course, we're more than happy to work with you to find a volunteering opportunity that suits your skills and interests. We’re happy to have you on board!