We go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain, so why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain. Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch.
But we don’t have to. Winch makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene – taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
“You cannot allow yourself to become convinced you can’t succeed,” says Winch. “You have to fight feelings of helplessness. You have to gain control over the situation. And you have to break this kind of negative cycle before it begins. Our minds and our feelings, they’re not the trustworthy friends we thought they were. They are more like a really moody friend, who can be totally supportive one minute, and really unpleasant the next.”