Emotional Hygiene - How Can We Perform Above Our Potential ?

Warning. THIS is powerful. THIS could be potentially life changing, if you let it.

We encourage you to read and reread and really sit in what Guy Winch Ph.D. ( a licensed psychologist, author, and in-demand keynote speaker who is a leading advocate for integrating the science of emotional health into our daily lives, workplaces, and education systems.) has to say about our emotional health and self care. 

Below is the directly quoted dialogue from his viral TED Talk. 

Questions he raised and you should also ask yourself:

“What do we know about “emotional hygiene?” 

“What have we been taught about “emotional hygiene?”

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

“Why is it that our physical health is so much more important to us than our psychological health?”

“We sustain psychological injuries more often than we do physical ones. Injuries like failure or rejection or loneliness...these can also get worse if we ignore them...and they can impact our lives in dramatic ways...and yet even though there are scientifically proven techniques we could use to treat these kinds of psychological injuries, we don't.

Sometimes, it doesn’t even occur to us that we should.

When someone is suffering from depression, they are commonly told to  “just shake it off, it’s all in your head.” Could you imagine saying this to someone with a broken leg?!

It is time we close the gap between our physical and psychological health. It's time we make them more equal.

We all have a default set of feelings and emotions that get triggered when we encounter frustrations and setbacks. Are you aware of how your mind reacts to failure? YOU NEED TO BE. Because if your mind tries to convince you that you are incapable of something, you believe it.

This is why so many people function below their actual potential - because somewhere along the way, failure convinced them that they couldn’t succeed and they believed it.”

Once we become convinced of something it is very difficult to change our mind.”

We have to break this cycle. 

Start now.

Link to TED TALK video

Jess Rocheleau RISE Blog Contributor