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Healthy Minds: Emotional First Aid - WE NEED IT NOW

Guy Winch's advice on treating emotional/psychological wounds. #HealthyMinds #EmotionalFirstAid #MentalHealth

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Guy Winch addresses people's tendency to value physical hygiene over mental hygiene. Winch outlines four common psychological injuries that can impact our lives in different ways, and he provides suggestions concerning how we can practice psychological hygiene.

1. Loneliness

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Loneliness is defined subjectively, which indicates that our perception ultimately determines how much it actually impacts our emotional and social state of mind. Loneliness is said to make us feel more distant from those who surround us and lead us to believe that they care much less than they actually do.

Action: Reach out to those who you are close with.

Loneliness will lead us to feel disconnected from others, which tends to result in isolating oneself as opposed to reaching out for support. Rejection is one of the key factors that stops us from pursuing high-risk activities, those of which may have the potential to lead us towards a brighter future. With psychological injuries, it is important to acknowledge such damage exists and be proactive in treating it.

2. Failure

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Similar to loneliness, failure also distorts perception. We sometimes convince ourselves that we cannot succeed, therefore discouraging any further attempts. By accepting this notion, we become disinclined to overcome failure and thus limit our capacity to reach our full potential. This can be detrimental to our psychological health.

Action: Be aware of your reaction to failure. Acknowledge that failures can be used as building blocks to succeed, and thus it is crucial to not discourage yourself from future efforts.

It is natural to feel defeated and discouraged when you come across failure. It is important to gain control over the situation and fight against the belief that you cannot succeed. Break the cycle of negative thinking and helplessness.

3. Rejection

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Wench compares a psychological wound to a physical cut on our body. Similar to an open wound, we must take care of it immediately as opposed to taking a knife to it to see if our injuries can get any worse. That sounds crazy, but we do this all the time with rejection. Once we get rejected, the voice in our head starts pointing out all of our flaws and makes us feel worse.

Action: Protect your self-esteem by focusing on the more positive elements in your life. The great things in your life are not trivial, don't let yourself downplay them.

By treating ourselves with the same compassion we would a friend, we protect and nourish our self-esteem.

4. Rumination

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Rumination occurs when we cannot stop replaying an upsetting event we experienced. Unless you are able to immediately repress all short-term memories, rumination is inevitable. It becomes a danger, however, when rumination becomes a long-term habit.

Action: Find a positive distraction until you no longer feel the urge to replay the negative emotions you experienced during the upsetting event. New and better memories are meant to be made constantly, so it is important to always look forward.

Battle the habit of negative thinking with positive thinking and never stop searching for happiness because it is something everyone deserves.

5. Watch the Full Version of Guy Winch's TedTalk Here:

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