Is 'Wellbeing' A Scary Word? It used to be for me...

I want my workshops, newsletters and online content to do what they say on the tin. I'm clear about what's important and what I'm trying to achieve: teaching women self-resilient wellbeing strategies to take away and use in everyday life. 'Writing for Wellbeing' seems to make sense.

But, is 'wellbeing' a scary word?

I try and put myself in workshop participants' shoes - scrolling through social media, or spotting a poster in a local window - when they spot the word 'wellbeing'.

I think about my own reactions to seeing the word, and how I used to respond. When I was feeling particularly vulnerable, I would be drawn to the promise of something to make myself feel better - but it always felt like a bit of a dirty little secret. This is ridiculous, but true (for me).

I didn't want to click 'Going' on a Facebook wellbeing event, because it felt like admitting that I was struggling and needed help. As a student, I felt self-conscious being associated with any conversation about mental health. This is the stigma, and it still exists.

My workshops are not about fixing your mental health crisis. Coming to them does not mean that you are struggling, or vulnerable, or need help. Coming to my workshops means that you care about your mental health and are willing to learn how to keep it strong. My personal philosophy is that 'prevention is better than the cure', and that we all deserve to protect our mental wellbeing before we reach crisis point.

'Wellbeing' sums up my work; but the trouble is, wellbeing is a scary word. It's scary because of the power it holds, how precious it is, and how bad it can be if it all goes wrong. But is it too scary to acknowledge at an event, workshop or discussion group?

I might do a little trial and error with workshop names - skirting around the word 'wellbeing' or facing it head on. I'd love to hear what you think in comments or messages on my Facebook page, please let me know.

Best Wishes,

Emily xx