When addressing the emotional component of wellness it vital to understand that there is two vital levels that need to be explored with in the individual to achieve a healthy balance. We can start with the familiar as it’s easier to start with the (possible) known. This act is when we physically start to talk about our inner issues and emotional struggles with a professional therapist, a trusted friend, or loving family member.
1. Exploring support
Unravelling these struggles and triggers can go a long way in relieving the mental and emotional exhaustion that can weigh us down. Starting to speak out these human struggles helps us to sort out these emotions in new ways, we are then able to face these factors. We can make decisions, plans, courses of actions or decide to nothing at all. Simply talking about our struggles in a authentic way helps us to heal on a very basic level.
2. The next level is working with the unknown.
This experience is for those who wish to lean towards life more. Exploring the ways that we avoid life; self harmful, addictive, self defeating tendencies, fear of intimacy, disorders, compulsive behaviors and relational struggles. Which often show up in the body as weak cells, imbalanced organs & deregulated systems, inflammation or pain. The possible source of these struggles are a trauma or a held hurt.
Like Dr. Gabor Mate points out, “A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden but it’s there.”