HIV and emotional wellness

Maintaining your emotional health

What do you do to nourish your body and, more importantly, your spirit? Probably a whole range of things: maybe you go for walks, talk with trusted friends, confide in your journal, enjoy a hobby...

Learning how to nurture your emotional health involves trying out various options and finding what works for you and what doesn’t. It is an ongoing and dynamic process that requires some experimentation. What works for you may be different from what works for the next person, and what works for you at one time may be different from what works later. Through trial and error, you’ll find the practices that are most effective for you.

“I finally feel good. I wasn’t always able to say that because of the fear that I might be sick in the next few minutes. But now, when somebody asks me, ‘How are you?’ I can say, ‘Good, thank you.’”

—Roberta