Is Emotional Hygiene On Your List of Healthy Habits?

“How is it that we spend more time taking care of our teeth than we do our minds?”

“Why is our physical health so much more important that our psychological health?”

Dr. Guy Winch posits that we spend time teaching our children good habits around physical hygiene, but we neglect to teach them the importance of psychological hygiene. In his brief TED talk below, Guy addresses four critical things that have major negative impact on our mental health: loneliness, failure, rejection and rumination.

  • Loneliness can kill you.
  • Failure can lead to helplessness if we are tricked into believing we cannot do something.
  • Rejection by itself is extremely painful, but we tend to make it more painful with negative self-talk.
  • Rumination can lead to life-threatening addictions and conditions.

Dr. Winch reminds us that people started practicing physical hygiene about a hundred years ago. Within a few decades, life expectancy rose by fifty percent. Imagine what life would be like if we established healthy habits to promote emotional hygiene by taking action, changing our responses, protecting our self-esteem and battling negative thinking? We could experience life-giving emotional resilience.

Is emotional hygiene part of your healthy habit routine?

©Room2GrowGarden, March 6, 2018


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