Wellness is an important focus in our modern world full of toxicity and problems. If you get frustrated every time you turn on the news or tune in to your regional policy discussions, you’re not alone.
Being passionate about wellness can be frustrating when it feels like the world around you keeps shifting away from practices that are wellness enhancing. Between the issues with our food and water supplies, deepening problems with the environment, and poor health policies, it can feel overwhelming.
Which is why it’s important that you don’t give in to apathy and instead use your passion for wellness to effect change! Sharing your voice is one of the most important things you can do as a wellness practitioner and engaged citizen.
This year one of my personal missions is to share my voice at an even greater level. To me, that means getting out in my local community, both locally and globally and participating where I feel called. Here’s what I’ve done so far to get my feet wet in the last few months:
- I’ve attended a woman’s rights event
- I attended a local community organization
- I went to a town hall meeting to voice my opinion on an environmental concern
- I called 3 legislators to share my voice
- I’ve started a new social media profile where I’m sharing my voice and experimenting with vulnerability. Follow me personally on Instagram here or Facebook here
In all of these cases, normally I would have the excuse that I’m just too busy or that my voice doesn’t matter, I’m just one person. But I’ve decided to make it a priority because the truth is, every voice counts when it comes to wellness.
If you want to take a stand for wellness, too, how do you get started?
Here are a few tips to get you started in thinking about how to share your voice in effective ways.
1. Get involved in your community.
One of the best ways to drive change is to think locally. Start to think of ways that you can contribute to a healthier community. Meet with others and plan projects that will make a difference. Find projects that others have started and show up to help.
You could help to organize a farmer’s market or advocate for wellness activities in schools. Find a topic that you’re passionate about and create or support a project using your knowledge to make your community a better place to live.
2. Discover organizations you care about and support them.
In every community, there’s at least one organization that does a ton of good. Find them, get to know them, and support them. Attend their fundraisers and volunteer. Donate or become a sponsor. If they work on policy advocacy, get informed and help them with their mission.
Often there’s a lot of good happening in our communities and we just need to get out there to support and amplify what they’re doing. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about the organizations and encourage them to get involved and donate, too.
3. Don’t be shy – reach out to your legislators.
If the political process intimidates you, that’s okay! Do some basic reading online. Sign up for a local training that will teach you how to get involved. Make a new friend who is involved and learn from them.
Start by learning about bills that are being proposed and find out how they will affect your community. Talk to the farmers and other community members about the bill to understand more. Then get out there, don’t be afraid, and let your voice be heard!
4. Attend events to show your support.
It’s always so disheartening to create an event that’s meant to do meaningful work in the community… and then to have hardly anyone show up. Make a point of attending meetings and events in your town that are aimed at making the community a better place to live. Bring along your friends!
Make it a point to attend events like town hall meetings, city council meetings, college presentations, fundraisers, panel discussions, local arts and music events, and meetings that grow your wellness community. The more people that attend, the more likely it will be that these kinds of things continue in your city. So support them and encourage your friends to do so, as well!
Feeling Empowered to Share Your Own Voice
It can be scary at first to take a side and share your opinion with the world. There will always be people out there who disagree with you. But the world can’t change and become a healthy, wonderful place if passionate people don’t get out there to make it happen.
Find what really moves you to action, learn about how you can help, and practice using your voice for good in small ways. Within no time, you’ll develop the confidence to be a mover and shaker in your community. You’ll inspire others to do the same and over time you’ll help your community grow into a great place to live.
Let’s do this, together!
Love, Health, and Success,
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP is committed to supporting Wellness Coaches to create success and share the message of wellness across the globe. If you’re passionate about holistic health and wellness, inspiring others to be healthy and creating a career you love, then learn more by downloading our gift to you – The Wellness Coach Career Kit.
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