Emotional Hygiene

From childhood, we are taught to keep up body hygiene and to maintain physical health.  We know that unwashed apples can lead to food poisoning and an unwashed pair of hands can provoke infection.  But most of us do not look after our emotional hygiene, although we understand that our emotions directly affect not only our psychological but also physical health.  Many illnesses may occur because of unsolved problems, stress, tiredness and anxiety.

Tororo Mental wounds cause significant harm to health.  For example, just like cigarette smoking, loneliness is dangerous for long term health and longevity.  It increases the likelihood of early death by 14%.  We must pay significant attention to our emotional state and realize that it is an important part of our personality, and if something breaks in this part, we need to fix it, take steps to recover our mental health, such as by paying special attention to the problem that provokes this damage in the first place.  But often, we just try to suppress our emotions, thus, only end up aggravating our bad condition and risk facing further serious complications. Guy Winch, a clinical psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association, gives some recommendations on how one can overcome bad emotions:

  • Identify your emotional pain
  • Concentrate on positive thoughts and on the positive aspects of events
  • Make an action plan
  • Do not allow guilt to overwhelm you
  • Protect self-esteem
  • Identify the method of healing that is right for you

By actively dealing with own negative emotions and negative thinking, not only can we heal our psychological wounds, we can also become more emotionally stable and, as result, achieve our goals more easily.

We should find an environment of people whose behavior is emotionally comfortable for us.   We often think that we can regulate our emotional state, but, in reality, we often do not realize the true causes of our behavior and our emotions.  We adjust our behavior to the behavior of people around us.  Dr. Vasily Klucharev and his colleagues believe that our brain perceives the things that make us different from other people as threats and tries to correct our behavior to reduce these differences by activating certain groups of neurons.  The group with which we identify ourselves can influence our emotions and our views.  Our brain supports our emotions and views that are similar to those of the group, and suppresses those that are different from the group’s.

Hence, we may adopt our emotional state from emotional state of our environment.  This means that in order to escape emotional contamination, we should avoid people who spread negative emotions.  We should perceive bad emotions as a bad infection.  We can catch, for example, stress because it can be, like a virus:  contagious.  Researches from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Germany) studying this issue have confirmed that stress can be transmitted from one person to another.

It is known that life expectancy has increased by 50% in just a few decades after people began to observe good personal hygiene of the body.  Guy Winch believes that if people follow the rules of emotional hygiene, life expectancy and quality of life can improve significantly.

Never neglect your psychological health and treat it as seriously as you treat  your physical health.

In summary, emotional hygiene must be your top priority. Source:

Svetlana Stroganova, Nikolai Shmelev

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