Why giving to others is one of the most fulfilling way to take care of ourselves

We’re already half way through the year and I can’t help wondering where the time has gone. I feel like it was just yesterday that I started knuckling down and setting my intentions for this year, and six months later I’m looking back with a mixture of surprise and anxiety.


It’s been a slow moving year, where I’ve felt like I’ve hit a lot of brick walls, and resistance and nothing has been moving at the warp speed I’ve wanted it to move. It’s no wonder with 5 planets going retrograde for the last few months. Now that Mars is finally back spinning direct, we should all be feeling the energy moving a little easier.

If, like me, you’ve been feeling a little down in the dumps, tired, withdrawn, and downright frustrated with the pace that’s been set lately, there is another way to get your own vibrations a little up  – by volunteering. I started volunteering with Greyhound Adoptions WA mid-way through June, not only because I love the breed and think their plight is a horrible example of an old school way of thought where humans think they have dominion over animals, but also because I felt like I needed to contribute to society a little more. IMG_6212

Over the last few months I began to look at my life and what I’ve achieved, and felt a sense of lack. A lack of purpose, and a lack of service that was getting me down. Despite working in a career where I provide healing services, I keep feeling like I need to contribute more, to give more. So I stepped back and thought a little about where my passions lie. In the background I’ve always been a passionate advocate for the environment and our animal companions. I’ve sat and chaired a number of boards over the years including the United Nations Association (WA) Environment Committee and the Australian Earth Laws Alliance WA chapter. Two years ago all that changed as I got caught up in other pressing issues. It’s only recently that I noticed how much I missed the work I did, which brought me to the Greyhound Adoptions WA team.

IMG_6247Volunteer has a number of benefits that go beyond the service you are providing to the community for which you volunteer. The mere act of giving to someone in need, or a cause you’re passionate about fills you with a sense of achievement and fulfilment, it helps boost your self-esteem and self-worth. People who volunteer for a cause enjoy better physical and mental health, and it can also help you meet and make new friends. The social contact aspect of volunteering has been shown to have a profound effect on people’s overall psychological wellbeing, and working with our four-legged companions has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve our moods.eb2dc86d054959bb4ebf497979e1abce

So, if you’ve been feeling a little underwhelmed by your year so far, why not look to a local cause which you are passionate about, whether it’s volunteering at your local blood drive or with an animal shelter, the rewards to you and your community are immeasurable. Check out Volunteering WA for a cause close to you.

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