emma hogg, psychotherapist, lifestyle strategy, a life i choose

What does it mean to be psychologically well?

A quirky young YouTuber called me a couple of weeks ago to ask if he could interview me about mental health. He was keen to speak about what it actually means to be psychologically well.

I liked his curiosity. The concept of psychological wellness has been confused since it became a concept in the first place. Becoming popularised by the Western medical model which emphasises disease, psychological wellness was introduced to us as “mental illness” – a state of sickness that’s beyond our control and must be managed with medication.

With this completely disempowering message, it’s no surprise to me that most people won’t even consider therapy because they fear being associated with disease and powerlessness!

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How I Healed My Body With Higher-Quality Food

Hey You!

Unless you’re new to A Life I Choose, you probably already know that I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I was 27 and had a Transient Ischemic Attack when I was only 30.

My body was going downhill fast. Making it through the day was agony! I knew that if I didn’t get things under control, I wasn’t going to accomplish much in this life…if I got to live much longer, for that matter.

I became certain I was going to die young. How long could a person possibly survive a full life, when their body couldn’t repair itself? The urgency this created within me spurred me to research the condition like crazy! Continue reading “How I Healed My Body With Higher-Quality Food”

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Are you shaking your sweet ass yet?

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Yes, I’m talking to YOU! You read the title to this blog post! So, are you? Are YOU?

A few days ago, I posted a video of me shaking my ass on YouTube and I’ve been posting on Instagram stories daily since and you guys seem to enjoy it! So, why this obsession with shaking my tooshie? And why do I want you to do it too??

 

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Do you feel lonely and disconnected?

It’s hard to feel connected in a world that is so gravely disconnected. We spend so much time looking at our screens, but when was the last time you really looked at someone? I don’t mean like catching a glimpse of someone, and I don’t mean staring either – you’re not actually looking at anything when you’re staring – I mean, looked with curiosity, without judgement, just looked.

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