After experiencing a trauma, it can be hard to find a reason to get out of bed each morning. You may lose a sense of purpose or meaning, which can be difficult to overcome.
Volunteering can be a great way to help see yourself in a positive light again and give some sort of meaning to your life. Helping others can is a great way to make an impact in the lives of others, allowing you to find some purpose.
Many prominent organizations were established by people who were grieving the loss of a loved one, such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.).
Anger is a common emotion during grief, and is often due to the malevolence of others. By channeling this anger into constructive action, it can help lessen the intensity. Try volunteering to work for causes that seek justice and prevention. Spending your energy helping someone else can in turn help you.
Try becoming active or participating in a group that advocates for victims of a similar trauma experience. For example, if you were hit by a drunk driver, joining a group that advocates against drunk driving allows you to feel as if you are making a difference, or helping to save someone else from going through what you’ve been through.
However, you don’t necessarily have to participate in a group that supports one specific cause related to your trauma. Any type of volunteer work may help you gain some purpose by helping others.