Healing through outreach to the community has recently hit home with me in a profound and beautiful way. As someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety, I’m very familiar with the impact of how those mental conditions taint your life. However, I’m thrilled to have stumbled upon an old tried and true solution to this dilemma by healing myself through giving to others.
When my recent divorce took place, I was displaced from my home abruptly and found myself without the familiar large family and surroundings I had everywhere in my midst for 20 years. I was used to noise and chaos, and suddenly it was all gone. I couldn’t be the person I was as a mother and wife and was also homeless for three months until the court ordered my ex husband to put up the money to help me gain housing for me and my kids. This event spurred on my PTSD symptoms and made my already palpable anxiety worse. Now that’s all behind me and I’m on the road to healing through outreach in my own community in ways discussed in the following paragraphs.
Helping the Homeless
My employer recently sponsored a very nice event to aid the homeless. They put together a fashion show that involved homeless people as models as well as donated gently used clothing. It was a great event with the transparency of caring coming directly through the entire congregation of the people present. I decided that day to be of help to the organization called “Repairers of the Breach” by way of practicing my certified nursing assistant skills in their volunteer clinic. This has given me a rewarding feeling of well being that no anti-depressant could match.
Feeding the Homeless
A friend of mine that is a drug and alcohol counselor as well as a U.S. Veteran and I recently took to the streets at 4 o’clock in the morning. This was an attempt to find other homeless veterans without any resources. I had a wagon full of whole food in tow from my employer I spoke of in the above paragraph that we used to feed a couple of the guys we came across. I can’t explain to you the feeling I had to have risen at that hour with this goal for my morning….it was a feeling of real accomplishment.
Staying active as a church volunteer had made me feel a sense well being as well. This is largely due to the fact that my church is very involved in community outreach and helping those in need. They are active in helping Repairers of the Breach, the Homeless organization mentioned in the above paragraph. In fact, as a homeless person for three months myself my church helped to create an entire new household for me and my kids to live and be. Without them I would have nothing and I feel as though I owe them everything.
Healing through outreach is a great way to heal mentally. I invite everyone with a need for healing to use this mode of help to make themselves well and whole again.