I caught a bit of a cold recently so I’ve been feeling a little unwell (and not attending to this blog as often as I’d like).
This physical unwellness got me thinking about the nature of emotional ‘unwellness’, too – wondering what the signs and symptoms of that might be for each of us, and how it might impact us all in different ways. (And what kinds of things it might lead us to not attend to so well…).
It’s funny that when sickness makes an appearance, we often remember what it is to be well, and yearn for it. And funny how quickly that same wellness can fade into the background when we have it back in our lives. How easy it is to overlook when it’s there.
Similarly, sometimes therapy cops criticism for looking away from wellness, for looking more towards the past and picking the scabs of old wounds, as though pain is somehow worth more than pleasure.
But it’s not necessarily so.
For therapy can also be used to explore and strengthen the helpful, buoyant, restorative aspects of life – the resilience – the things that have gotten you through so far. The things that can sustain you.
So I wonder if it’s worth actually taking a moment to really look at emotional wellness.
What does wellness actually mean for you, in your life?