What Does “Good Vibes Only” Really Mean?
With my business being named “Good Vibes Only,” you might think my life is just one long chill mood. No fears, no tears, just crystals, self-care, and all that good stuff.
And you’d be wrong.
While good vibes are definitely my guiding light and what I hope to share with my clients, it’s not just good vibes here, and that’s how it should be. A full life embraces all the feels, not just the ones that are nice.
With that in mind, I’d like to share a little bit about how Good Vibes Only became my personal mantra, as well as the name for my business, and what these three words really mean to me.
What “good vibes only” means to me
Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t really distinguish between mental health and physical health. They’re both essential parts of being well. Going to therapy and doing self-care is just as important as eating well and exercising regularly.
But I didn’t always feel this way. The road to becoming who I am today has been long, and it’s a journey of discovery I’m still on.
A big turning point for me came during a therapy session where I was exploring coping strategies. My therapist asked me to imagine reliving a time when I was happy, and she asked me to describe how that time felt, using just three words. It didn’t have to be a clever slogan or saying, or even three related words. Just something that would describe the scenario that brought me happiness.
After some thought, I chose the words “good vibes only.” They weren’t an order to ignore or stuff down my unpleasant feelings. They were merely a reminder that happiness is always possible, no matter how dark the world may seem at the moment. From then on, “good vibes only” became like a secret password that I could use to unlock a little joy and ease whenever I needed to. Repeating these words to myself transported me back to that happy time and place, right down to the details of what I was wearing and what the weather was like. This simple technique helped me cope and put me back in control when life felt overwhelming.
Since these words became a cherished part of my daily life, it was only natural that when I launched my self-care-centered business, I chose to call it Good Vibes Only by Lizz. The name reflects my mission to share the tools and techniques that can help my clients overcome their blocks and live their best lives.
Checking in with your vibes and your mental health
So now that I’ve shared a little bit of my own story, I encourage you to take stock of your own life and mental health.
These days, it’s so easy to lose touch with ourselves. Before we even know it, we’re in a dark place and not sure where to turn for help. Plus, many of us come from cultures and backgrounds where it’s taboo to admit that you’re struggling and your vibes aren’t all that good.
We can end up locking away our real feelings for a long time — years, even. When they inevitably resurface, it’s often in the form of health problems, both mental and physical. At times like these, self-care such as meditation and crystal work is a good start, but professional help from a trained therapist may be needed to process your past and help you move forward on your self-care journey.
If you think you might be experiencing something like this, here are some of the early warning signs to look out for:
- A change in eating and sleeping habits
- Low energy and mental fog
- A loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Aches and pains that don’t have a clear cause
- Turning to alcohol or drugs to numb out
- An increase in conflicts with family and friends
- Going over the same thoughts again and again
- Mood swings and changes in how you think
Another major part of mental wellness is being able to take a step back from our own thoughts, understand where they’re coming from, and recognize that thoughts and feelings are not facts. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a powerful therapeutic tool for this.
CBT trains people to identify distorted or unhelpful ways of thinking and to reorient their thoughts in a way that is more aligned with reality. Over time, CBT builds up the emotional and psychological awareness that is essential for a good life.
Raising your vibes on your self-care journey
I created Good Vibes Only as a safe space, where people can find the support and information they need to grow and thrive. It’s not (and never has been) about seeking pleasure or good feelings only. It’s about personal growth and using whatever resonates to build a life that works, be it therapy, crystals, meditation, journaling, or another kind of self-care.
No matter where you are on your self-care journey, Good Vibes Only is your source for support. And despite the name, there’s no need to put on a show of “good vibes only.” All feelings are welcomed and respected here.
As always sending you good vibes,