Hi Friends! Welcome back to my blog. I've been gone for a while. And by a while I mean almost three years. Boy time flies when you're switching jobs, moving, and eventually creating your own business. I never intended to take such a long break, but truthfully, I had a hard time figuring out what direction to take my website way back then. I have a lot more clarity around that now.
If you were around during the old christyaletky.com days, you know that I tend to focus on mental health and substance use disorders. I still want to be a resource for those topics, but back in July I started my own business that focuses on well-being overall, and I decided to call it Veritas Well-Being. Veritas is the Latin word for truth, and in my mind, being a truth seeker is the opposite of avoidance. And avoidance is one of the roots of all pain and suffering, mentally and emotionally speaking.
My goal with this website it start creating frameworks to think critically about our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. What does it mean to be well? What is the required basic maintenance for our bodies? How about for our minds? How does trauma affect all of these areas? SO MANY QUESTIONS! And those are just my questions. I'm guessing you have a questions on this topic as well.
As you can see we spend billions ostensibly to get healthier or feel better. And I'm not exactly knocking that. I'm a therapist by profession so I my living is represented on the graph above. None of these things are inherently good or bad ways to spend your money. All of them have utility when it comes to our overall well-being.
But I have to wonder if it's all working. Are we getting better? Has our overall well-being increased? After all, our money is representative of our time and energy. Generally speaking, we spend hours of our lives working for it. So it stands to reason that if we're trading it to increase well-being we'd like it to be effective. But does this outlay of our collective energy really help? What does it mean to be well? What is the basic maintenance for this body? How exactly do we take good care of ourselves? I don't think we really know, but it's something I'd like to explore. Where are the points of diminishing returns? And at what point does our pursuit of health begin to impoverish us physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually?
I think these are questions worth asking, and I hope you do too. My plan is to review some books, talk about mental wellness, and overall create a framework for thinking critically about well-being. If you'd like to join me that would be awesome. I'm glad you're here.
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