Let’s admit that when thinking about an injury, we spend a lot of time worrying about our physical health. However, we occasionally ignore our mental health in the process. To keep good mental well-being, you can exercise “emotional hygiene” in the same way you follow good bodily hygiene to help support physical health.
According to psychologist Guy Winch, there are different types of injury: psychological injury. Rather than physical damages that are the result of breaks, twists, and sprains, psychological trauma kinds “injuries” that originate from mental traumas triggered by rejection, failure, denial, particularly chronic “continued” loneliness. As Winch explains, loneliness and other psychological wounds can be detrimental to your physical health; potentially, developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or even determining and preventing the full functionality of your immune system.
Are there things you can do to combat the negative impact of psychological traumas? Think about these injuries as any other physical wounds, and that they necessitate the practice of good hygiene for it to heal. Take a moment to notice when you feel emotional distress and pain; understand that you are hurt so you can treat it. You will need to stop “emotional bleeding” through the avoidance of negative thoughts; this will allow start to clean up process. It also helps to reach out to someone else to talk to when the emotional wound is too deep. Once you are no longer hurting, you can build up your self-esteem to develop some assurance and defensive tactics for the future. Don’t leave these types of injuries unaddressed, because they’ll keep getting worse, just like the real thing.
So What is emotional hygiene?
In much the same way you require dental hygiene, brushing your teeth, and flossing every day, personal hygiene involving cleansing ourselves and actively treating physical injuries when we have them. Emotional hygiene means that you are mindful and conscious of our psychological health and utilizing brief daily habits to evaluate and approach psychological wounds when we incur them.
Currently, the overall neglect of our emotional hygiene needs is vast. Does it make sense to only take more time to care for our teeth than our minds and mental health? You may brush and floss daily, but what daily activity do we do to ensure our psychological health?
There is an argument that lacking emotional hygiene is much worse than lapsing on your dental health—after all, which would you preferably lose, a few teeth, or your mind? We assumed neither.
Indeed, we may put all of our attention on our physical health, with none left over for our psychological health. Think about how many habits have you chosen and developed over the years to improve your physical health? All the continually changing dietary habits and exercise regimes; self-exams for your testicular or breast cancer; annual check-ups; physical therapies; and the several over-the-counter solutions we use for pains and aches.
You should ask yourself which habits you’ve created to better your psychological health: Do you observe psychological damages such as failure, denial by others/rejection when you sustain them, to ensure your self-esteem recovers and rebounds? Are you conscious of actions such as negative self-talk that affects your emotional resilience? Do you understand how to break out of a cycle of considering and brooding about distressing experiences? If you haven’t thought about them, its an excellent time to think about these questions.
To get you started, There are five crucial five tips to start developing your emotional hygiene:
Pay Attention to Emotional Pain
If physical pain or aches don’t improve within a few days, you probably take some steps to gain treatment. The same should apply to your psychological distress. If you find yourself in pain/hurting emotionally for several days because of a rejection, a failure, a poor mood, despair, depression, or any other reason, it indicates you’ve sustained a psychological injury, and you may require treatment with emotional-first-aid techniques.
Many psychological wounds begin vicious cycles that only make the pain worse. For instance, failure can lead to a loss of confidence and feelings of inability and inadequacy that only make you more inclined to fail again in the future. Having a knowledge of these outcomes, intercepting these negative cycles, and stopping your emotional bleeding by correcting them is essential in many such situations.
Protect Your Self-Esteem
Our self-esteem serves as an emotional immune system that can protect us and lend us more profound emotional resilience. Therefore, we should get in the practice of managing our self-esteem, supporting it when it is low, and avoiding negative self-talk that would cause further damages.
Overcome Negative Thinking
It is natural to reflect on distressing events, but when our thoughts become repetitive we are no longer problem-solving, we are ruminating. Ruminating can be very harmful to our psychological health, as well as to our physical health, and can place us at risk for clinical depression and even cardiovascular disease. We have to battle negative thoughts and avoid falling into the habit of over-focusing on distressing events.
Learn More About the Consequences of Psychological Wounds
There is so much more we have to learn about emotional hygiene for treating psychological wounds. When you learn how to heal psychological wounds—and teach your children how to do so as well—you will not only build emotional resilience, you will flourish.