Many of us in recovery want to take part in self-care activities to promote self-confidence, self-esteem, and enhance our quality of life. Some of these activities may include reading, going for walks, playing a game, watching a movie, spending time with our loved ones, embracing our pets, and cooking a delicious meal. All these are excellent ideas – but there is one activity that doesn’t get addressed as often that could be extremely beneficial for both yourself and others. Volunteering has many benefits, and as a recent survey shows, the following are some great advantages:
- Volunteering can lower your stress levels
- It can help you manage a chronic illness.
- It can improve your mood.
- Volunteering makes the community a better place.
- Helping others can enrich your sense of purpose in life.
- It can decrease your risk of depression.
- Volunteering can help you stay mentally and physically active.
Forbes Magazine states that there are several unforeseen benefits of volunteering – including feeling as though you have more time. When we have “free time”, we may spend it on ourselves or may feel as though we have wasted the time we had. By helping others, we feel as though our time is better well-spent. Not to mention – volunteering can help you learn new skills, become healthier, build your experience for future employers, and more.
If you’re about to be in recovery for substance abuse, research has shown that helping others can greatly benefit your recovery. A 2009 study titled “Helping Others and Long-term Sobriety: Who Should I Help to Stay Sober?” conducted by researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, found that for those in alcoholism recovery programs, helping others with alcoholism aided more towards their sobriety than helping others at home or at work. There are many people you can help, whether you are a supportive friend or family member, a person in recovery, or if you’re considering seeking treatment. Make the decision to help others; you never know, you may end up helping yourself as well!
If you’re seeking a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery treatment center, call us today at 888-743-0490. Simple Recovery believes in restoring your mind, body, and spirit through recovery. We pride ourselves on the many resources and volunteer opportunities that we offer both staff and residents, and we believe in helping you develop skills that can be used to overcome daily obstacles. Make the decision to seek help today and enhance your quality of life and well-being. Call us for a consultation.