Wellbeing week 2018: How Sport Volunteering has helped me
I’ve struggled with mental health related issues at university. Finding a balance is something I find difficult, and I’m often exhausted trying to stay on top of everything.
On a Wednesday, volunteering as a coach with the RDA in a position of responsibility has been a huge booster for me. I’m able to make a positive contribution to my community, help the rider on the day work toward their goals and have a visible impact on someone’s day.
Riding itself helps me empty my mind and put my energy into something positive, and being around the Equestrian family club vibe has often been a lift (and it’s only ever a snapchat away).
What I’ve learnt is that people are much kinder and empathetic when you reach out, and talking really does help. It’s not embarrassing and you shouldn’t be ashamed.