Psychologist Guy Winch says that we all need to learn to practice emotional first aid. In a recent TED talk, he notes that we are quick to go to the doctor when we experience pain or flu symptoms, but when we experience some emotional pain such as guilt, loss or loneliness, we aren’t as quick to seek the help of a health professional. He asks why our physical health is so much more important to us than our psychological health. He discusses many of the emotional pains that harm us — poor perceptions of self, loneliness, failure, rejection, fixations on the negative — and makes a compelling case for why we should practice emotional hygiene, taking care of our emotions and our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
ESI EAP offers help and tools for employees who experience stress, grief, failure and other psychological pains. Learn how ESI Employee Assistance Program can help address your employees’ emotional well being – from counseling and help for everyday work-life matters to comprehensive assistance for a wide array of potentially disruptive issues and problems. To learn more about how ESI EAP can help, give us a call: 800-535-4841.