I’ve been thinking a lot about my business lately. (Okay, not lately…always). I am trying to decide what road to take, where to expand my own training to better help you in your own journey.
That also means I’ve been taking a look at the content I’m creating, the ideas I’m putting out into the world and what I think you need to know. About wellness, about my business and more.
I want to talk about mental health. I work with women with mental health issues. But that doesn’t always mean mental illnesses.
Yes, mental illnesses are part of mental health but everyone should be invested in their mental and emotional health, even if they have never been diagnosed with a mental illness.
I’ve written about this before, when I talked about how my space here is a place for you even if you’re just going through a rough patch.
“I know there are many of you out there reading my articles and thinking, “Yes this feels like me right now.” But you are also thinking, “This isn’t a usual occurrence and it hasn’t been happening long or won’t happen long.”
Maybe it’s been a rainy month and the weather affects your mood. Maybe you’re going through a breakup or a job loss or can’t figure out what you want to do with your life and it’s got you down in the dumps.
I’m here for all of you, too.”
I recently watched a video from Ross Szabo who summed up this idea perfectly.
Mental Health is not having a mental illness.
Oftentimes when people hear the words mental health they only think of mental illnesses, celebrity breakdowns or worst-case scenarios. They do not think of healthy images. The word mental has a stigma attached to it that can immediately trigger scenes from horror movies, school shootings and epic celebrity breakdowns like Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes or Lindsey Lohan.
However, mental health is not having a problem. It’s how you address all of the challenges in your life. It’s how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Yes, I know I talk a lot about mental illness because I personally suffer from them. But much of what I write about (like mindfulness, self care, passions and values) applies to people with mental illness and those just looking to focus on their mental health wellness.
After watching that video and then thinking about the types of women I want to help (those with mental illness and those wanting to improve their emotional and mental health wellness), I realize I should change some wording around some of my content and pages. And I will do that.
Because I want you to know that I’m here for you, even if you’re just stressed. Even if you’re just reeling from a bad breakup or dealing with the loss of a job or even just being a new mama. I’m here.
Mental health is so much more than what is written in the DSM-IV and so much more than just seeing a therapist or being on medication. It’s about wellness and self awareness. It’s about your emotions and your well-being.
Share: When you hear “mental health” what do you think about?
PS : I’m running my FREE Intro to Journaling For Your Wellness Workshop again in November!
This run will be 9 prompts spread out over 15 days, includes a private community and a live chat with me!
I love teaching this workshop and I’m so amazed to see so many women taking part. Don’t take my word for how awesome it is, here’s what a past journal-er had to say:
“This workshop was a fun and challenging way to think about things – to muse about things that help me in my wellness journey. I had never done art journaling before, this workshop definitely helped me think more creatively than if I had just written in a journal.” Kelly
We start November 3rd so sign up and spread the word to your friends!
Click here or fill out the form below to register for your place in the FREE Intro to Journaling For Your Wellness Workshop!
PLUS! For this round ONLY those who sign up for the Intro to Journaling For Your Wellness Workshop will be receiving my all new e-book based off the course.
This e-book contains all the prompts plus a ton of additional articles. This e-book makes it easy to keep the prompts on hand and re-read the articles, tips and encouragement well after the free workshop is over.
After this round, the workshop will remain free but if you want the e-book it will cost $16