Emotional Well-Being - also called Emotional Health - can look different for everyone. The foundations of Emotional Well-Being, however, are universal to everyone, and we can all agree that having strong Mental and Emotional Well-Being looks and feels great!
There are many factors both within and beyond your control that can contribute to your ability to maintain a healthy well-being. How you feel and process your own emotions as well as those of others, your ability to communicate effectively, your deeply held thoughts and beliefs, and your willingness to overcome challenges and become resilient are all factors that impact your Emotional Well-Being.
Your past experiences contribute to your current Emotional Well-Being in ways you may or may not be aware of.
Your subconscious beliefs, brain health, and the existence of trauma in your childhood are just three examples of ways your past could be affecting your present well-being.
The newest Brain Science research is revealing that many mental health disorders have a significant brain health component.
For example, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) or even consistent impacts to the brain, commonly seen in sports such as soccer or football, can be the source of anxiety, depression, impulse control, and anger issues, often resulting in alcohol or drug abuse. Our minds, consciousness, thoughts, and emotions are all products of activity in the brain, so when healthy activity is disrupted or diminished, it can lead to brain health issues that manifest in our thoughts, the ways we perceive the world, and how we interpret cause and effect from an emotional perspective.
The number one reason people suffer emotionally is from having the belief that “I am not enough.” The belief that you are not enough is connected to the way you view others, the world, and yourself, and you may not even be consciously aware that you have this negative and false belief.
Many of my clients either consciously or subconsciously are suffering with issues directly related to their childhood. Some of the most common issues my adult clients experienced in their childhoods are:
Having critical, over-demanding, narcissistic or emotionally absent parents
An unstable living environment
Problems with learning and school-related activities
Abuse or significant trauma
Childhood trauma that occurred before the age of 12 is often the root cause for the deep-seated negative self-beliefs that adults have like “I am not enough”.