Ask the Experts- June 2020

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: June 12, 2020

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

You are such a great organization by giving women information about menopause that I thought I would reach out to you.  I am under a lot of stress now and want to give back to others in some way. Perhaps you might offer me some suggestions.  Thank you.


Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your kind words.  Doing for others is a real stress buster and it actually is good for your health.  Your acts of kindness also goes a long way in helping others.

Here are some ways that giving back to others helps your health:

Making genuine contributions to other people’s live, gives you a sense of purpose in your own life.

It connects you with more people.  It adds a social support system to you and the people you are helping.

It keeps you busy helping others channeling your time and energy distracting you from your own worries.

It also increases your sense of self-worth, feeling more valued.

So where do you start?Look within your community for organizations that have volunteering opportunities.  Here are some ideas:

Volunteer at a homeless shelter

Help out at your local library

Coach kids in a team sport

Deliver food to the homebound or the elderly

Participate in a blood drive

Just find an involvement that can utilize a skill or ability that you have.  Start small, and try not to overcommit yourself at first.  Good luck to you for all positive work in this area which you will do.