Empathy • Vulnerability • Emotional-Wayfinding
Non Wels is a self-proclaimed “feely person.” He’s a mental health advocate, writer, and empath. After growing up with a violent father and battling anorexia for years, Non is here to walk us down his path towards healing.
From an early age, Non learned to avoid vulnerability. His general sensitivity, combined with his father’s violent tendencies, resulted in the building up of emotional walls. Overall, Non felt terrified – unable to truly experience or express his emotions. Eventually, this intense guard became damaging.
In his late teens, Non developed anorexia. Subsequently, he spent a decade battling before coming to terms with his struggle. His aversion to vulnerability kept him from doing the emotional inner work needed to heal and grow.
At the lowest point in his journey, weighing just 118 pounds, a doctor told Non he needed to change or his heart would stop. So that’s what he did; he made a commitment to change – his heart. He allowed others in. Non nurtured a curiosity about his emotions and began his transformational journey.
Over time, Non learned the value in embracing empathy and vulnerability. Years of therapy and deep personal growth brought him enough peace to begin breaking down his emotional walls. He realized the importance of focusing on emotional wayfinding in his own recovery journey.
Helpful Resources Mentioned in Non’s Interview:
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- Everyone’s voice is valuable. We all have a story to share.
- As an empath, you have to create boundaries and be mindful of how it works for you.
Non supports Project Heal, an organization focused on helping people through all stages of eating disorder recovery. Project Heal provides guidance through peer mentorship and access to affordable treatments and care.
Learn more about the ways you can get involved by visiting their website.
Non’s personable approach to talking about difficult things draws people in. He creates a safe space for others to share their stories and struggles and just be who they really are. Non recognizes the value in connection. He aims to meet others where they are, and that’s something we can all benefit from.
Without a doubt, we are all connected!
Connect with Non
Non’s podcast, You, Me, Empathy, is a safe space for others to share their own mental health stories. He believes deeply in the power of vulnerability, empathy and emotional wayfinding in recovering and dealing with mental health issues.
He's also built an incredible mental health community called The Feely Human Collective. You should totally go check it out!
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