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Emotional Wellness

Fostering Emotional Wellness Through Awareness

We know that pursuing treatment can be a difficult choice that may feel overwhelming, and bring feelings such as sorrow, fear, anger, or anxiety. These emotions can be especially confusing or difficult as they may be new, and unlike anything you have experienced before.

Building an accurate awareness of these emotions is an essential part of developing emotional wellness. Though it may seem difficult or even counterintuitive, one important way to build this awareness is to lean into, instead of pushing away, difficult emotions. When leaning into difficult emotions, we allow ourselves to temporarily experience them while at the same time know that they will fade away. As a result, instead of allowing fear to take over, we acknowledge the feeling of fear while keeping ourselves open to positive emotional experiences that often follow such as love, support, and determination to succeed and overcome.

With this mindset you can pursue other aspects of wellness, including a deeper understanding of your strengths and limitations. You will be able to build stronger, more meaningful relationships, all of which will help you cope with treatment stressors.

Ways to build Emotional Wellness at home:

Ways to build Emotional Wellness in the clinic:

Benefits of Pursuing Emotional Wellness?

Because of these direct results, cultivating emotional wellness may lead to direct medical benefits, including:

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Created: March 31, 2017 Updated: April 22, 2017