Giving back to your community is a perfect way to spread holiday cheer this season. Plus, the act of volunteering can be great for your recovery.
There are numerous ways to be more charitable this season – from helping veterans in your community to getting involved with a hospital that puts on a holiday celebration, and so much more.
Perhaps the best part: You’ll get back just as much (if not more) than you give. Volunteering has shown to provide numerous health benefits, such as a boost in your mood, happiness, and overall life satisfaction. There are many recovery benefits, too, including:
You’ll boost your self-esteem: An important part of recovery is feeling better about you and forgiving yourself for any acts of selfishness you may have committed while in active addiction. And being generous toward others is a great way to mitigate any negative feelings you may have about yourself.
You’ll build relationships: Surrounding yourself with positive successful people is key for sustaining your sobriety. By volunteering, you can form connections with new, like-minded people with similar interests and goals.
You’ll occupy your time. Especially in early recovery, too much idle time can easily lead to daydreams or fantasies about using again – and even leading to relapse. Volunteering is a healthy way to keep busy.
You’ll have a greater appreciation for what you have. Helping someone in need is often an eye-opening experience – and it’s the perfect way to put your own life into perspective. It will help you count your blessings and adopt an attitude of gratitude so important for lifelong recovery.
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