What is emotional first aid

Physical health: When it comes to taking care of our physical health, everyone has an understanding of the basics.

Physical health: We all know, for example, that in order to prevent tooth decay we should brush our teeth once a day.

Physical health: Most of us don’t think twice about going to see a doctor or a dentist.

Emotional health: And yet when it comes to emotional health, the picture is very different.

Emotional health: People are reluctant to seek professional help because of the lingering stigma.

Emotional health: If left untreated, the psychological pain caused by experiences such as guilt, loneliness.

Emotional first aid: In 2014, psychologist Guy Winch gave a TED Talk about “emotional hygiene” or emotional first aid.

Emotional first aid: He gave some helpful, practical tips on how to practice emotional first aid.

Acknowledge emotional pain: The first step to take is to pay attention to and acknowledge emotional pain.

Acknowledge emotional pain: Although it may seem easier not to acknowledge those difficult feelings.

Acknowledge emotional pain: As soon as you notice persistent feelings of distress, loneliness, or even just a bad mood.

Redirect your thought process: This one is particularly important in the context of failure. 

Redirect your thought process: Naturally this causes us to fail more and then dwell more on our shortcomings.

Redirect your thought process: Next time you fail at something, try to fight the instinct to dwell on it and instead make a list of everything.

Protect your self-esteem: If you want to be emotionally resilient, having a good level of self-esteem is important. 

Protect your self-esteem: A good way to build that self-esteem back up is to practice self-compassion. 

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