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Embracing Vulnerability: It's Okay to Not Be Okay

May 07, 20243 min read

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” ― Criss Jami

As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s crucial to shed light on an aspect often pushed to the shadows—the acceptance of not always feeling okay. Socially, we've crafted a facade of constant positivity, often masking genuine emotions for fear of judgment or rejection, leading to toxic positivity. But it’s time to break free from this cycle and embrace vulnerability as a powerful tool for mental well-being.

I am Fine

How many times have you responded with a simple "I’m fine" when asked how you are, even when you were battling inner storms? The truth is, it's perfectly okay to admit when you're not okay. In fact, it’s liberating and humanizing. By sharing our genuine emotions with trusted individuals, we create spaces of empathy and understanding.

One common fear I hear from clients is being labeled a "Debbie Downer," a drama queen/king or seeming weak for expressing negative emotions. This fear often stems from societal pressure to maintain a facade of happiness. However, it’s vital to remember that everyone experiences a range of emotions, both positive and negative. Opening up and talking about your struggles doesn’t make you a burden; it makes you courageous.

Individually, acknowledging that it's okay to not feel okay is a powerful step towards self-compassion. Negative emotions are a natural part of the human experience. They provide a contrast, allowing us to appreciate moments of joy and contentment. The key is not dwelling on negativity but understanding and processing these emotions in a healthy way.

Sad and Alone

When faced with negative emotions, it’s essential to sit with them briefly, acknowledge their presence, and understand their impact. This emotional awareness practice can involve naming the emotion and conducting a full-body scan to recognize physical manifestations. For instance, anger might manifest as clenched fists or tight shoulders, while anxiety may lead to stomach discomfort and appetite changes.

By naming and understanding our emotions, we begin to tame them. This process isn’t about denying negativity but about addressing it with mindfulness and compassion. It’s about releasing the tension that negative emotions create in our bodies and minds, allowing us to move towards a more balanced state.

Remember, there’s no shame in having bad days or experiencing negative emotions. Mental health is a journey, and part of that journey involves accepting and navigating the full spectrum of feelings. So, let’s embrace vulnerability, normalize conversations about mental well-being, and remind ourselves and others that it’s okay to not be okay. Together, we can create a more empathetic and supportive world.

This month, we are giving away a FREE GIFT—a guidebook to help you reframe negative thoughts, navigate your emotions, and view them in a new way. Download Here - https://lifeforcewellness.com/reframe-thoughts

If you need more help understanding how emotions can affect you socially and physically, check out our upcoming webinar or contact us at [email protected].  To learn more about our services, visit our site at lifeforcewellness.com and follow us on social media for more advice, guidance,

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After experiencing burnout working long, stressful hours in the tumultuous oil and gas field, Megan decided to break out on her own and focus on health and wellness. Megan found a passion for teaching and coaching physical well-being but recognized the need to build mental resiliency in her clients, leading her to study positive psychology. Megan brings her passion for wellness back into the corporate environment by working with leaders to transform company cultures to focus on employee health and wellbeing.

Megan has studied various topics, from creating exercise and diet plans to building mental resiliency, understanding behavior change and creating engaging corporate programs. This led her to create Life Force Wellness LLC, a corporate wellness organization focusing on work-life balance and seven distinct areas of well-being. Megan has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in psychology. She holds certifications as a personal trainer, health coach, nutrition coach, corporate wellness specialist, positive psychology practitioner, stress management, sleep and recovery coach.

Megan Wollerton

After experiencing burnout working long, stressful hours in the tumultuous oil and gas field, Megan decided to break out on her own and focus on health and wellness. Megan found a passion for teaching and coaching physical well-being but recognized the need to build mental resiliency in her clients, leading her to study positive psychology. Megan brings her passion for wellness back into the corporate environment by working with leaders to transform company cultures to focus on employee health and wellbeing. Megan has studied various topics, from creating exercise and diet plans to building mental resiliency, understanding behavior change and creating engaging corporate programs. This led her to create Life Force Wellness LLC, a corporate wellness organization focusing on work-life balance and seven distinct areas of well-being. Megan has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in psychology. She holds certifications as a personal trainer, health coach, nutrition coach, corporate wellness specialist, positive psychology practitioner, stress management, sleep and recovery coach.

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