It was mental health week last week. Around Melbourne (and I’m sure further afield too) events to raise awareness were hosted by numerous organisations. While the week may be over, I’d like to continue to encourage all Australians to take positive steps in their lives to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
The 19th century German poet, philosopher and student of human culture Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel said, ‘Every art should become science, and every science should become art.’ There are more than enough books around describing marriage relationship skills as a science. My counter-argument would be, ‘Then how come love is such an indelibly intuitive thing?”
We fight with those we care about the most because those are the relationships that matter.
As a couples counsellor it is important for me to keep up to date with the latest research on couple therapy. It has been a complex decade for growth in knowledge of factors that promote strong marriages, the process that lead to relationship distress and dissolution, as well as understanding the negative consequences that accompany couple conflict, separation and divorce. These findings have helped design effective strategies to overcome the challenges too.
Not so long ago my life was really different. I was a senior leader with a global blue chip company. I did interesting work. I was financially secure and living internationally but I realised I was not content and my values and strengths were not aligned with the environment in which I was living.
At The Health and Wellbeing Studio, we have been reflecting on what might inspire people to really look after themselves, not just the physical but also the mental, emotional, spiritual and relational aspects of life. As a team of health and wellbeing professional we have noticed our clients experience conflict, anxiety, stress, big life stuff and seemingly small (but it's so not).