Hi there lovelies!
The lovely Alyssa from NLO contacted me about writing a guest post for this blog. You can find this post below, and it is certainly an interesting read!
Till next time,
Eric Patterson is a professional counselor in western Pennsylvania, who has been working for the last 10 years to help children, teens and adults achieve their goals and live happier lives. By night, he is a dad, husband, runner, and a writer for NewLifeOutlook.
Volunteering When You Have Fibro
Surviving and thriving with fibromyalgia takes a certain degree of selfishness. You have to focus on yourself and your needs before anything else can be accomplished. Taking your medications, getting enough exercise, and attendingappointments can seem like a full-time job at times.
If you are investing too much time and energy in other people or other activities, there will be nothing left for yourself, and the tasks you are working on will not end well. Think about it: positive decision-making and good judgment take a certain level of personal wellness. If you cannot take care of yourself, you will not be in a good position to care for others.
However, as important as it is to put yourself and your health first, it’s also important to avoid becoming too self-centered.Egotism results in dwindled relationships, isolation, and lower self-esteem.
Move to Balance
If you spend too much time being selfless, you will be unhappy. Likewise, if you spend too much time being selfish you will be unhappy. The solution — find a level of balance between the two.
Too many people make the mistake of swinging wildly from one extreme to the other. If you are selfish, do not move all the way to a completely selfless stance. Moving from selfless to completely selfish will do no good, either. Finding the middle ground is challenging, but rewarding.
Volunteering: A Great Option
Before you scoff at the idea of volunteering, remember that the undertaking encompasses a vast range of activities, tasks, levels of structure, and time commitments. Volunteering is a highly rewarding endeavor for so many people looking to add a level of altruism to their life. Altruism allows you to shift the focus slightly from yourself to someone else. This is exactly what you are looking for.
Volunteering leads to benefits like:
What Opportunities to Take
Now that you are interested in volunteering, you must narrow down the options. Depending on your resources, transportation, and health situation, you should consider a volunteer opportunity that is:
You can work with animals, children, or the elderly. You can build new homes or Lego castles. The truth is what you do is not as important as the choice to do something.
Find your balance between selfishness and selflessness with volunteering. You can help others as you help yourself.