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3 Simple Ways To Do Something Good To Nourish Your Soul

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In the twenty first century, it can be easy to be seduced by the allure of the social media world. You may have a Twitter account or a Facebook page, and relish adding to your perfectly coiffed image wall on Instagram, but when it comes down to it, you are merely escaping reality. Nothing on Instagram is unfiltered or without an air of Amaro or Hefe. People crave perfection, and the social media realm has encouraged millennials to live up to a fake reality that is unachievable. It is a major cause of low self esteem and mental health issues amongst the youth of today. To snap yourself back to reality, think about doing something good to nourish your soul. Break free from the shackles of online ‘friends’ and try and help others in your real life community.

Charity Work

While you might not fancy heading to Uganda to build a school or Indonesia to help clear up after any sort of natural disaster, there are simpler and more local ways you can help out charities. You don’t even have to get your hands dirty. Many charities are crying out for people to help out with their admin, financial records or even simple filing. Boring it may be, but by giving your free time to complete some of the monotonous tasks, you are helping greatly. Consider the sorts of charities that you might like to help. If you are an animal lover, head down to your local dog shelter. If you’re keen to help the environment, see if your local park rangers have any jobs that they need doing. You don’t have to give all of your free time to a cause, but a couple of hours a month could be the perfect way to give something back.

Individuals

If you’re keen to help people on a more personal level, consider getting behind a cause. Many people set up fundraising pages for those who are sick or need help. You might want to run a marathon for your neighbor’s daughter to help raise money for medical treatment. Or you might want to put your analytical skills to good use and help a local family with their political asylum claim. Whatever your skills are, whether they are physical, mental or emotional, you can put them to good use.

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Teach

While you might not consider yourself to be an educator, nearly everyone has a set of skills that they can pass onto others. This could be something as simple as teaching an older person how to use the Internet and getting them familiar with sending emails to their family and friends. You might want to teach kids a spot of yoga as part of an after school club, or you could pass on your piano playing skills to a class for free. Teaching allows you to meet new people, make new friends and have a lot of fun knowing that you are giving something back to the community in which you live.

There’s nothing better than doing something for the benefit of others. While not wholly altruistic, doing good deeds can make us feel better about ourselves and can help us appreciate the world around us rather than the world online.

 

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Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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