In most cases, individuals volunteer as a means of giving back. Unfortunately, for some the servant level places them in the category of professional volunteer. Meaning, the occasional helping hand has unintentionally turned into part and full-time hours (literally). Helping others is great, but at the end of the day what are you really getting out of it? If stress, used, and underappreciated is the answer then it’s time to get it together. Basically, eliminate the dead weight and devise a healthier emotional game plan for yourself. In other words, put the main focus back on (you) in order to help (them).
Therefore, I have compiled the following to list to help decide if it’s time to move on completely from your volunteer project:
Are you happy? If showing up to volunteer makes your stomach turn and/or you find yourself avoiding their calls, something is wrong. We all have gone through the stress of a hectic workplace, but you’re working for free. Therefore, when giving up your free time this should be done with joy in your heart. If the thrill is gone, it’s best to move on.
Is your time appreciated/respected? This is a key issue many volunteers have with organizations. The volunteers are put on the spot with last-minute calls for help or assistance. Even worse, they are expected to work employee hours when they’re not receiving employee pay. This is the perfect time to evaluate your stint with this organization.
Do they seem upset if you decline to help? Depending on the amount of time spent with the organization, it can become easy to forget you’re a volunteer. Therefore, if they seem upset when you have other plans, move on. Frankly speaking, no one has the right to dictate your free time but you.
Do you have extra time to assist? Are you forcing time in your schedule or is it automatically available? If your schedule is too hectic to volunteer, or other activities have become a priority, it’s best to move on. It will take a huge weight off and it may be for the best in the long run
As the old saying goes, “in order to help someone else, you must be able to help yourself first”
Stress Tip 23 Over-Volunteering
Written by Kanarian Kindred
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