Volunteering as a form of self-care may sound confusing. How does helping others work as a form of self-care? But I wanted to open this conversation and let you know how volunteering has been an outlet for me and has served as something that has helped me grow.
Not everyone has the ability to do this, but if you do I highly recommend it. I stumbled upon a site called Volunteer Match because I had been considering volunteering for a while but wanted to find something that was the right fit. I knew I didn’t have too much time to spare in my life so it had to be something that would only take up a few hours of my week. I was specifically interested in an opportunity that would not require me to leave my house because I love being at home and, unfortunately, my anxiety limits the amount of social time that I can endure. I was also looking for something that would utilize my skills and help me to build on my resume.
Once I found Volunteer Match, I started searching for positions in social media and there were lots of options. You can even filter by remote options if you are as afraid of leaving your couch as I am. I soon found a position for a non-profit organization that helps find homes for hard-to-place animals, such as senior pets or pets with behavioral issues, called Core Paws. I’ve been with them for a few months now and it’s given me everything I was looking for. Even though I don’t get to see or be with the animals because they are in shelters all around the country, I get to help find them homes.
Volunteering has been great for me in terms of self-care and self-love because it gives me a sense of fulfillment that I was missing before. It explores a different avenue of self-care than I ever considered. It makes sense though, doesn’t it? Doing something good for other people or other living things is going to do good for you too. I recommend giving back in any way that you can.
This whole conversation makes me think of the episode of Friends where Phoebe says that there’s no such thing as a selfless good deed. I don’t know where I stand on that issue, but I think even selfish good deeds are still good deeds. Someone or something that needs help is getting help and that’s all that matters. So put up your Do Not Disturb sign and go to VolunteerMatch.org