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Benefits of Volunteering During Retirement

Benefits of Volunteering During Retirement

Retirement is a stage of life that we all look forward to, with more time to relax and enjoy life’s pleasures. However, in the event of feeling a loss of routine and purpose during this time, there are many ways to get involved and active recreationally. 

One way for retirees to find more social connection and stay involved in their community is to volunteer. So whether you decide to serve at the local soup kitchen or read to children at an after-school program, this can be a rewarding way to fill your spare time during retirement. 

Continue reading below as we cover some of the main reasons why volunteering is a good activity for retired people. 

Prevents Isolation

One of the main risks of emotional distress for retirees is a feeling of social isolation and depression. If you don’t have regular commitments with others to interact with, it can be easy to feel like you’re living a solitary existence. 

When volunteering, retirees can socialize with other volunteers and people in the community, and help stave off feelings of loneliness. This helps feed social appetite and help to stay immersed in active environments. 

Improves Self-Esteem

Another great benefit of volunteering during retirement is that it can help people build up their self-esteem. When working on something positive and productive, it can help retirees feel a sense of accomplishment and that they’re doing something good for the community. 

Plus, making new relationships with other volunteers or the people you’re serving can be another great way to boost self-esteem. 

Promotes Physical Activity

For many retirees, it’s easy to become idle and lose some of the physical fitness you once had during your younger years. So for some, even getting out of the house is an accomplishment that they gain from regular volunteer work. 

Plus, many volunteering activities will have some degree of physical activity associated with it, which can be a great benefit to retirees who want to get their bodies moving and have an excuse to get out of the house on a regular schedule. 

Provides Purpose

Lastly, volunteering during retirement can help generate a renewed if not ongoing sense of purpose that may feel fleeting at times after leaving certain careers. While volunteering, you’re a part of something greater than yourself. You’re helping to make a difference for others and the world a better place.

Bailey Schramm is a writer in partnership with outdoor and recreational fabric retailer, Seattle Fabrics.