On Volunteering This Pandemic

On Volunteering This Pandemic
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Some people said that the key to an exciting life is ensuring that you have a work-life balance, which is easier said than done. Some people find this aspect of their life pretty challenging. Especially after the pandemic wreaked havoc on our social relationships, it’s indeed best for us to search for things that would make us occupied aside from our work.

Because of the work from home setup that most of us are chained on, we felt that it would be difficult for us to separate work from our personal life. Unfortunately, some employees feel obligated to work beyond the required hours because they work at home (which should not be the case).

It’s also essential for us to look for causes close to our hearts because we should not live on jobs alone. In fact, according to Maslow, for us to feel whole as a human, we should find ways to achieve self-actualization. 

According to Simply Psychology, self-actualized people were fulfilled, and doing all they were capable of. The growth of self-actualization (Maslow, 1962) refers to the need for personal growth and discovery throughout a person’s life. For Maslow, a person is always ‘becoming’ and never remains static in these terms.

Thankfully, I have joined an organization that would help me fulfill this inner desire through LoveYourself. LoveYourself is a community of volunteers that aim to reach out to others to propagate ideas, attitudes, and practices that encourage loving oneself — to DARE to be oneself, to CARE for oneself, and to SHARE oneself as a way of multiplying joy.

It provides HIV screening, counseling, and education to prevent the spread of the epidemic among the youth and key affected populations. It also conducts HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and educational seminars in schools, companies, and regional communities. We delight in promoting the value of self-worth and the critical importance of loving oneself as a core intervention against the spread of HIV/AIDS.

For the past three weeks, I’ve been training to become a life coach for this organization. What I’ll do is that I will handle clients who are People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and guide them in their journey of acceptance. To be honest, I’m still pretty scared if I can do it, but so far, so good. I just hope that I will continue this endeavor and help my future clients reach their goals.

As I said in my previous blogs, this is a rough time for me. I’ve been focusing on my work, and it has taken a toll on my mental health. Thankfully, this new endeavor will help me get back on my feet as I serve my new clients of mine. I’m excited about learning new stuff with them, and I hope that they’ll also learn a lot from me. 

I’m sure that the first few months of life coaching will be rough, but I’ll do my best to serve them well. That is my commitment to my clients, LoveYourself, and myself.

6 Responses

  1. I’m glad to know you found something meaningful to do in the middle of the pandemic, Mau. Nowadays, a lot more people need more help, but they either don’t want to ask for help or they haven’t figured out yet how to ask help. It’s not their fault, it’s nobody’s fault either. One of the ways to help these people is to show yourself up, let people know that you are ready to help them, and that you have something you can help them with. You have my prayers, Mau. May you reach the people who need what you have and may you be successful in helping them love themselves again. 🙂

  2. So good to hear people still helping there causes despite the ongoing pandemic outbreak. Volunterism is not limited and we can help to others by donating or helping propagate good cause & advocacies to others. Good reading on this blog!

  3. I love this article! LoveYourself is such an astounding organization with a wonderful aim. I am cheering for you Maurice, I know you will be an amazing coach, and you will surely help a lot of people. 🙂

  4. Salute to the people who are able to volunteer during this time. The fact that they might be affected too in some ways, making oneself available to help others is something that we can emulate provided we can manage. Our acts can be life-changing moment to someone else, especially the most vulnerable. Keep up the good work!

  5. Nice read, Maurice! A heart of a volunteer never ceases to help. I am happy that you found that courage to do something for others. I know that filling in somebody’s cup is a fulfilment! Be happy, always!

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