V – Volunteering

There is a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides mental, physical and social benefits to all individuals. Those whose lives have been transformed by grief and trauma may choose to channel their pain and struggle into a process of helping others who are on the same journey or even take a break from their own pain by assisting people with a completely different set of life circumstances.  Volunteering heals by:

  • providing a sense of purpose when life seems out of control
  • lowering rates of depression
  • increasing community connections and social interactions
  • boosting self confidence, self esteem, and life satisfaction

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  • Network for Good – Search for volunteer opportunities that match your interests and geographic location, or search for an organization by name. Keep a record of all your volunteer activity to keep a private journal of your volunteer time and your experiences.

How can you integrate volunteering into your healing journey?