Wellness in Your Community
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
Wellness in your community is about connection, purpose, and accountability. So often we go about our day feeling isolated and unconnected to people in our neighborhood or city, which can have an impact on our mental and physical health. Engaged members of a community know the names of their neighbors and community leaders. They find ways their talents can serve those around them. They also take advantage of community resources to strengthen their mind, body, and spirit.
If you’re feeling isolated or not invested in your community, then it’s time to evaluate how you can make space for wellness in local spaces and organizations. Ask yourself the following questions:
- On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not at all, 10 being very much), how much do you feel a part of your community?
- If you could wake up tomorrow and feel valued and find value in your community, what would it look like?
- On a monthly basis, how much contact do you have with groups and organizations in your neighborhood, town, or city?
People who feel connected to people in their neighborhoods, in local organizations, and in civic or religious institutions are more likely to feel hopeful about the future. What would it take to learn the names of your neighbors? To meet the people in positions of leadership in your locale? Putting names to faces can be an important first step in plugging into this network and its resources.
Bring Your Talent
If you don’t feel like you contribute to the community around you, then you’re likely to feel apathetic toward or overwhelmed by the challenge of making a contribution. Make a list of your talents and abilities, and consider what deficit in your community they can address. Finding purpose in your community also takes the pressure off work or family life to be everything for you at all times.
When you work on wellness goals by yourself, they can feel isolating or impossible. It is likely that there are multiple groups in your community or people with similar goals. Community groups can make a huge difference in your level of motivation. Reach out to community groups to share your goals. They will likely invite you to participate in other community events and support your desire to become more involved in your community.
Outline for Growth
Which members of your community do you see every day without knowing their names? How can you build stronger one-to-one relationships with people in the civic, religious, and other community groups in which you participate or would like to participate?
What are the unique needs in your community? How can your talents and interests address one or two of these needs? What impact might this involvement have on your health and energy levels?
What wellness goals might you have trouble completing on your own? What groups exist in your community that can help you take care of your mind, body, and spirit?
Look over your answers and consider three changes you can make in the next month to improve wellness in your community.
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