Mental health is a major component of not only addiction recovery, but also a healthy lifestyle. When you’re feeling more positive and have a sense of purpose, it can bring more meaning to each day and help to ward off relapse. One way that you can enhance your mental well-being is to spend time volunteering and giving back. This can benefit your recovery in many ways:
It keeps you from getting bored: Volunteering is a great way to stay active and engaged. Whether you join up with a local non-profit or find activities to do on your own, it keeps you busy and minimizes excessive amounts of free time. Boredom is a common trigger for relapse, so it’s a good idea to find ways to keep your mind and hands busy.
It gives you a sense of purpose: Knowing that every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you volunteer at the food bank, or on Saturdays you help serve meals at the local soup kitchen gives you something to look forward to. It provides structure to your schedule and you know that you are doing something that is making a positive difference.
It makes you feel good: Giving back and helping others can be very rewarding and personally motivating. You’re putting your time and talents to use making a difference in the lives of others. In some cases, you may be able to directly see how what you’re doing is helping someone else and improving their life.
It teaches your children good habits: By volunteering, you’re setting a good example for your children and teaching them healthier habits. Get the whole family involved and make it something you do together. Volunteering can instill positive values in your children and help them to make good choices in the future.
Seacliff Recovery Center can help you get on the road to recovery through comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment. Build the skills you need for long-term recovery and show others that change is possible. Then you can start giving back and helping others as you continue progressing in your own journey.
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