We engage in multiple daily rituals to maintain our personal hygiene. We shower, brush our teeth, and wipe our asses to keep bacteria, viruses, and illnesses at bay. Good personal hygiene is necessary for our social lives as well. If you haven’t showered, brushed your hair, or cleaned your mouth in a week, people are going to turn the other way when they see you coming. We try our best to eat right, exercise regularly, and check in with our doctors. All these habits play a key role in keeping us clean and healthy.
Psychologist, Guy Winch suggests we should treat our emotional hygiene and psychological health the same way we do our personal hygiene and physical health. Good emotional hygiene and psychological health involve taking care of our minds, the same way we take care of our bodies.
What are some examples of practicing emotional hygiene and taking care of our psychological health? Positive self-talk, self-compassion, using healthy and effective coping strategies, honest and impartial self reflection, boosting self-esteem, self-affirmations, personal empowerment, letting go, practicing gratitude, spending time with people who love and support us, effectively managing our time and energy, meeting with a psychiatrist, and talking with a therapist.
“You put a bandage on a cut or take antibiotics to treat an infection, right? No questions asked. In fact, questions would be asked if you didn’t apply first aid when necessary. So why isn’t the same true of our mental health? We are expected to just “get over” psychological wounds — when as anyone who’s ever ruminated over rejection or agonized over a failure knows only too well, emotional injuries can be just as crippling as physical ones. We need to learn how to practice emotional first aid.” -Guy Winch.
What’s in your Emotional First Aid Box?
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