Growing up in the seventies you did not talk about anything.
I am a 3rd generation Italian raised as a Catholic and if I had anything on my mind I confessed it to the priest or God.
Even then there was little that I could tell because I was taught that we did not “air our dirty laundry.”
On top of that I am the oldest of three and was expected to not only not tell anyone my feelings but to also set an example for my little sisters.
I always felt so incredibly lonely and isolated. I was called overly sensitive and a drama queen. I now know that was my way of telling someone, anyone that I needed help.
I cried in silence and by myself.
A study in the July 2017 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology “researchers found that accepting mental health experiences was associated with greater psychological health across a range of demographic variables including gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status”.
I lived many years not being to “accept mental health experiences’ because I needed to move on and keep going.
Then I met my husband who supported me and accepted me for me. This allowed me to discover that I am worthy of expressing myself and being heard.
We need to know we are not alone. Social connectedness is very important to our mental and physical health.
According to a study by Stanford Medicine social connection is very important for physical and mental health.
Loneliness is on the rise with 25% of Americans saying they have no one to confide in.
That is why I created The Journey To Wellness Workshops. I want you to know you are not alone. I want you to know that you are worthy and that there is life after hardship.
At The Journey to Wellness you will be able to find answers, be in community with others who are in similar life situations and walk away with resources to assist you in your journey to empowerment.
There is hope. I have found sharing with others has helped me on my journey to finding peace within myself.
Topor DR. (2017). Feeling okay about feeling bad is good for your mental health.