Massage is all about self-healing. Unless your doctor has prescribed it, massage is oftentimes done on one’s own volition and as a part of a more holistic and preventative health care plan. While helping yourself by choosing massage therapy is absolutely important to your physical and mental well being, it is also just as important to include the experience of helping others into your overall holistic approach towards mind and body wellness. Especially with the holidays right around the corner, now is a fantastic time get involved in your community and help those who are in need during what can be a difficult and lonely time of year.
Donating your free time to charity work is a great way to stay active and healthy, especially during the winter months. It forces you to leave the house and get into potentially challenging social situations amongst groups of new people. These connections to broader social groups help you feel like you are a part of something and can have the effect of combating feelings of depression and anxiety, both of which become very prevalent during the winter. Volunteering your time in your community is also a really great way to meet new people and expand your network of friends and acquaintances.
Helping others can also provide opportunities for physical activity and exercise that you might not normally take part in. For example, Habitat for Humanity literally helps build new homes from the ground-up and provides volunteers with opportunities to get involved with what can sometimes be pretty grueling physical labor. Activities like this are both physically challenging and potentially mentally challenging as they provide volunteers with the opportunity to also learn new skills and accomplish things that would have otherwise been outside of their scope of possibilities. Physical and mental stimulation are both incredibly important components in maintaining over all health and can especially benefit people with professional lives that keep them tied to desks and computers more often than not.
As we approach the end of the year and you begin to think about the types of resolutions that you plan on making in 2015, think about making a commitment to your community through some type of volunteer service. Helping others can be an incredibly fulfilling part of an active and healthy lifestyle and would inevitably bring you rich and memorable experiences to recall and share with your loved ones for years to come.