When it comes to our emotional wellbeing it can be extremely difficult and overwhelming to choose services that will support us when we're already experiencing difficult life situations. Something that I highly recommend my clients to have is a team of support services outside of their family and friends that they can call upon whenever they need. I believe prevention is always better when it comes to our mental and emotional health, it's always better to know what to do when you are going through periods of extreme stress or trauma than to wait until you are struggling to cope and then seek help. Often we're not in the right frame of mind to start getting help from someone we don't know when we are experiencing mental or emotional health problems. As a society we have been conditioned to seek help when our mental or emotional wellbeing is already declining, and I believe this is one of the biggest downfalls of the mental health system in Australia. We need to focus on educating, supporting and promoting emotional and mental wellbeing just like having a healthy lifestyle is promoted in this country.
One of the best ways that I have been able to support and take care of myself is having a team of different practitioners that I use to keep my emotional wellbeing healthy. So often we wait till we are faced with anxiety, depression or even grief before we seek help. The truth is that just like exercise nourishes and supports our body to stay fit and healthy, having a practitioners that can support your mental and emotional health is super important too. When we are faced with adversity and life challenges we already have a variety of services that we can rely upon to help us through those times.
So today I have 5 support services and practitioners for you that I regularly use to keep my emotional wellbeing healthy.
I've been seeking regular counselling for the past 4 years and I have to say it has been one of the best investments that I have made into my personal development. Having been in a long term emotionally abusive relationship I needed the support and guidance from a professional who was able to navigate my way through and out of that experience. There are many different types of counsellors that you can choose from, however from my personal experience I highly recommend working with someone that has a holistic approach and uses a variety of counselling methods including art therapy and body based therapy. Talk therapy or also known as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) in my experience wasn't enough to help me move through my problems and really harness a new way of thinking and being. This is just my experience however, and I do recommend doing your own research and finding someone to work with who you can trust. Unfortunately you may not find the right counsellor on the first go so don't give up, keep looking until you find someone you can work with.
If you're in Perth I highly recommend Melanie Webb - http://melaniewebb-counsellor.com.au/how-i-work/ I have been seeing her on and off for the past 4 years and her holistic counselling approach has been part of my continual personal growth and development. What I love about her counselling service is that she helps you understand and move through painful emotions and works with you to establish why you are experiencing them.
I also just started seeing Helena at Energetics Institute - http://energeticsinstitute.com.au/ who I have found really helpful and insightful so far.
2. Life Coach
When it comes to practical tools and advice to incorporate into your life seeing a life coach is the best person in my mind to really help you in this area. Many have experience in helping you learn tools and strategies to create a positive mindset, release negative fears and beliefs and help you create the life of your dreams, if you aren't already living it! What I love about life coaches is that they are your support system and make creating change in your life so much more manageable. They differ in counsellors in the way that they aren't there to fix your problems, or for you to talk to in depth about your problems but rather are there to empower you to make changes while they guide and support you through the process.
I specifically work with women on emotional wellbeing and help them create a more positive mindset on emotions and how they can harness them to make positive life changes. It does depend on what kind of support you are seeking, however having a coach who can help you move through whatever you are going through is going to speed up the process and help you move through that process much quicker.
As a life coach myself I have sought coaching from other coaches to help me at various points in my personal development over the past 4 years and it is another one of the best investments I have made to my personal growth.
I highly recommend the follow lovely coaches that I have had coaching from myself:
Claire Baker - http://thisislifeblood.com/
Amelia Harvey - http://www.ameliaharvey.com.au/
Corona Brady - https://coronabrady.com/
Also my coaching services are always available too. If you'd like to know more about how to work with me click here to learn more.
About 5 years ago I started seeing a kinesiologist. I was tired, fatigued and my health was declining. It was while I was seeking treatment from a kinesiologist that I found out that I clench my jaw in my sleep. This not only prevents you from having a deep and restful sleep at night, but also means that your organs including your liver are not able to fully detoxify. This can cause all sorts of health problems, but for me it was the lack of sleep that was ultimately making me more anxious and depressed. I also experienced large amounts of stress over the last 5 years and so have found kinesiology to be super supportive and an important part of keeping my emotional wellbeing balanced. If you aren't familiar with kinesiology I highly recommend doing a Google search and having a read of the information. Some practitioners are also chiropractors which has also been super helpful for me personally as I need regular readjustments of my neck and spine.
If you're in Perth I highly recommend seeing Dr. Peter Cockram at Mt Lawley Wellness on Beaufort- http://www.wellnessonbeaufort.com.au/ I have been seeing him for 5 years now and highly recommend him if you are looking for a practitioner.
Emotional and mental wellbeing can sometimes be difficult to manage. That is because there are so many different contributing factors for why you may be experiencing anxiety, depression or any other emotional or mental issues. Through the process of seeing a number of naturopaths i have been diagnosed with Pyrroles disorder, poor gut health and heavy metal toxicity, all of which have contributed to me not feeling 100% and having continued to suffer from anxiety and depression. For so many years I experienced the frustration of not getting to the root cause of my struggles with my mental and emotional wellbeing. For me it has been a huge learning curve learning about ways in which to empower myself and improve my life, but also seeing a variety of practitioners to help me uncover my root causes of my problems. I always thought it would be just one problem that was the root cause, however the body has so many different systems and functions that over the years I have learned there are so many different contributing factors. I've spent the last 7 years seeing a number of different naturopaths who have each helped put together a piece of the puzzle for me. I highly recommend doing blood, saliva, hair and urine tests to get an overall understanding of your health issues. Once the naturopath has the results they will be able to identify the issues, causes and make recommendations and treatment plans to get your health back on track.
I currently see Dr. Cade Holloway in Albany - http://cadeholloway.wixsite.com/acnm
And have also seen the following naturopaths in Perth:
Kylie from Wellness Perth Natural Medicine - https://www.wellnessperth.com.au/
Marnie from Marnie Downer Health - http://marniedowner.com.au/
5. Energy Healer
What I love about the day and age we live in today is that as modern women and men we can blend our true selves with our passions and still be "normal" (whatever that really is). But I guess what I mean by that is that we don't need to go far to find different healing modalities to experience. The internet is a great way to find practitioners that will be able to assist with your emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
I came across Anita from Spirited Space about 2 years ago. I found her Instagram account one day after having had the intention that I wanted to energy healing. At the time I was really struggling with the end of my relationship and needed extra support and healing, and Anita's work was just what I needed. Her beautiful grounded and intuitive nature is so healing and supportive, and I always feel so much better after having an energy alignment session. I've also attended her Moon Sister circles and group hike that she runs and they are such beautiful and supportive spaces to get to know other like minded women. While I don't go regularly to have the energy alignment healing I do go when I feel energetically pulled to and dive deeper into her healing intuitive work
Anita - Spirited Space http://www.spiritedspace.org/.
With a lot of the practitioners I use to keep my emotional wellbeing balanced I tend to be quite intuitive about when I go. I have become better over the years working out the type of services that I need and how often I go. Personally I find it really depends on what I'm currently going through or need help with healing. There's no right or wrong when it comes to choosing support services, the main thing is that you do some research and work out who you think would be best to work with. The more you try different healing modalities the more you will find what works for you.
I'd love to hear what support groups/services do you use?
Are there any other ones that I haven't mentioned above that you have found helpful?