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How to practice emotional first aid | Guy Winch

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We'll 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: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He 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. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case_for_emotional_hygiene Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Fan Mac (2 hours ago)
So simple, but so good. I will start to take care of my emotional hygiene PROACTIVELY.
Ania Malanka (11 hours ago)
i laughed and i cried, and then i laughed and cried again, this speech is so touching. I loved it, thank you!
Martine Sakulku (2 days ago)
I practice personal mind hygiene as it`s the only way I can stay here alive - Sending you all the best
Martine Sakulku (2 days ago)
Thanks for sharing Brilliant words from your heart
Kieran Milton (2 days ago)
I have watched a few of this guys talks now and he is absolutely amazing!
Thank you so much for this TED talk!
Julia B. (4 days ago)
This guy is so true!!!
Dawn Muckle (4 days ago)
You are amazing ❤️
thurston bewealthy (4 days ago)
And most humans chop down the tree they eat from
thurston bewealthy (4 days ago)
This Ted talk hit the nail on the head and all the way through 1st swing.
thurston bewealthy (4 days ago)
6:16 it's been a wrap
Jagpal Dehele (5 days ago)
Thank you for one of the best talks ever
Arguably (6 days ago)
TLDR: when you’re sad or lonely, just distract yourself.
Bella Bijou (6 days ago)
His voice is therapeutic
Shakur509 Tupac (7 days ago)
Loved it. Could you imagine if we all loved our neighbors like we loved ourselves?
atcsulb (7 days ago)
Thank you!
Anon yMous (8 days ago)
This guy is a real life Fraser Crane who has a real life Niles crane as a brother
mama lala (8 days ago)
I Love It. Its One of Those Videos that can make you instantly feel better🦋
이릴리 (9 days ago)
an eye-opening lecture! 👍😍
Leon - Fortnite (9 days ago)
I love this guy <3
jeremiah diaz (10 days ago)
He’s so real... amazing and truly inspiring
vjm3 (10 days ago)
An important thing to point out is not to take on distractions to avoid feeling bad, but instead take on more long-lasting important goals to concentrate on. A distraction is temporary and short-lived. A goal is long-lasting and psychologically healthy.
somethingfromnothing (10 days ago)
This is very good advice for basically everyone. thanks
Anshul Bhojwani (12 days ago)
Awesome talk. Absolutely loved it. Guy Winch is amazing.
palli12345 (12 days ago)
he talks too fast
Elma Yosephine (13 days ago)
5:43 i'm suddenly brust out crying in front of my co-worker. Boy that hits me hard.
Meekainc (13 days ago)
THIS is SO powerful!!!! “LONELINESS: Creates a deep physiological wound, one which distorts our perceptions and scrambles our thinking. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It makes us really afraid to reach out; why set yourself up for rejection and heartache, when your heart is already aching more than you can stand” …. “LONELINESS is defined purely subjectively; it depends solely on whether you feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you.”
Judy Sylvest (14 days ago)
I was in need of an inspirational video on emotional healing when I found this particular one. How wonderful and helpful it has been to me personally, thanks from the bottom of my heart.
LiebeAlle (14 days ago)
I've been feeling deep despair and loneliness lately - often sneaking up on me out of nowhere- and this talk really resonated with me. I want to find other talks he's done or perhaps books he's published.
Aamer Zaido (15 days ago)
Loneliness is better than living with or among people you don't belong to, that's including the family. After that loneliness will become a bliss for us. I assure you Dr. Winch!
Da Carbonara (16 days ago)
😭😭💔
corinne ***** (16 days ago)
I have bin on many med's, they just ate my mind. This sounds just right. Loneliness makes your system weaker and slowly in time eats your positive energy up👍. How can you fix loneliness in a happy relationship?
Nicole Taylor (16 days ago)
I needed to hear this. Thank you
Angela Yang (16 days ago)
Wow....ok no wonder this has 1.5 million views
M Syukri (19 days ago)
16:05 Recap timestamp
glenly calunsag (20 days ago)
one of the best ted talks! 🙌🙏👌👍👏👏👏👏
Julia Kiiyala (20 days ago)
I needed this.
Minimeister317 (21 days ago)
I had never failed an exam until two years ago where I took an advanced math course. When I went to the exam I was so sure of myself to pass that course and start University afterwards. Instead I failed the course which I had never tried before. Somehow it shattered something inside of me. I passed the course later on, and I got into my dream university. However because of that experience I still have a lot of anxiety whenever I go to exams, and I have little to no self-esteem or any sense of self-worth because of that.
Julian Heinrich (22 days ago)
Thank you for your help!
B (22 days ago)
Very good, thank you.
Lessandra r (23 days ago)
4:51
To Chin (23 days ago)
Dany A : Thank you for saving me
Nicholas C. (23 days ago)
His voice is so serene
rolina painter (25 days ago)
As a twin, I totally can relate to being separated from my twin. So sad!
Michael John Angel (25 days ago)
Wow, include me in!!!! Thanks Dr Winch.
CorneliaTheFifth ya (25 days ago)
This was great. Just what i needed
Rustyhound (26 days ago)
So... is the take away to ignore and distract yourself from emotional pain?
Iffy I (26 days ago)
Amazing speech. Thank you!
Ni We (26 days ago)
Ruminating is what I’m doing right now. I can’t stop hearing all the negative stuff I heard in a recent disagreement with a loved one. It’s overwhelming and causing me anxiety. I keep thinking bad stuff about myself. I want to be better. This video is much needed and I’m on my way to getting better. Thank u.
katie walworth (27 days ago)
thank you needed a pep talk
Jennifer DelGreco (27 days ago)
I'm so happy to hear your twin brother is thriving. Thank you for this talk. Helped me immensely.
Filmy Munda (28 days ago)
Thank you Guy Winch. You just saved me so much loneliness, rumination, failures and rejection. I wish you was in my city so i can consult with you when all this time i was going through this. As of now i will take heart with your videos. Keep it coming. Thank you again!
Pin Seng Lim (29 days ago)
Thank you. This helps me.
Sunshine (29 days ago)
This is all good advice. Thank you!!
Music2makeup (1 month ago)
Wow, this was such a powerful video for me. It is so true that our society doesn't value emotional wellbeing as much as physical wellbeing. I am a very emotional person but it wasn't until recently that I have started to heal the emotional wounds of the past and present. This video made so many great points and he is an amazing storyteller!
Missing Sock (1 month ago)
An honest, brilliant, and beautifully delivered talk about the most important health maintenance people can practice. Once Guy points out the problem, you wonder why this isn't common knowledge like washing your hands or not smoking cigarettes. I will be listening to his words again and again in the coming months--as many times as it takes to sink in--and I will share this with as many people as I can. This isn't another flaky internet meme (it's TED, after all), and I think most will find it rather easy to start fixing things, right away. I was moved at Guy's willingness to share so much personal information--that made me trust him--and he brought just enough humor into his talk to offset the sadness. One of the best things I have listened to on the internet in twenty years.
Anthony Carfagno (1 month ago)
DRDAY.Com (a real Dr. LOL) for your twin brother
syg B. (1 month ago)
Thank you for this very beneficial talk Am so happy for your brother i hope he recover very fast.. Guys any more vids on steps to deal emotional pain?
Gabriel Marquez Scott (1 month ago)
Beautiful and insightful TedTalk
Basim Amoudi (1 month ago)
Love it
Viinncceyy (1 month ago)
This guy is the absolute best!
Sam Warner (1 month ago)
I feel lonely
Daniel Winschel (1 month ago)
I love this video and this speaker but I have one question about the statistics on loneliness and disease... do the people doing the studies take into account the habits of lonely people? For example, maybe loneliness causes a sedentary lifestyle, bing drinking, and poor dietary choices which, in turn, lead to high cholesterol and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Correlation doesn’t always equate to causation, so I truly hope someone has taken this into account.
Lidiane Peixoto (1 month ago)
this video literaly is my motivation to start psychogy college. I have a big best tomorrow (kind of an SAT), hopefully I'll get it. i lost count of how many times i watched this over the year, everytime i was feeling down or doubting myself i've come here
Richard Lathan (1 month ago)
Love this... thank you very much..
Kristina (1 month ago)
My favorite ted talk now!
Alwayspositive 999 (1 month ago)
An awesome video - very inspiring !!!
Alejandra Bustamante (1 month ago)
This is amazing! 🙏🙌👏
Luis Viramontes (1 month ago)
I’ve always been a lone with my own thoughts since a young age. Mostly due to growing up on a ranch/Vacant area. I now understand saying “it be like that” throughout highschool is highly detrimental.
Ibtehal Aldholay (1 month ago)
His voice is a cure itself 😅
Tina Kelly (1 month ago)
Truly amazing
gree (1 month ago)
is this guy the narrator for little big planet ?
Cyanide Triazide (1 month ago)
His tone is so consistant and almost robotic, but it sound so facinating and calming for me lol
firstdayofwinter (1 month ago)
When he said he didn't know why he didn't call his brother I knew the reason immediately. Then I had to cry for 20 seconds.
Aditi Paul (1 month ago)
I think I have finally , after a decade of struggle, found the problem within me and it's solution too. I remember I felt alone all the time as a kid, but that feeling, somehow got manipulated as I grew up. I no more felt alone, I was depressed. I felt rejected, abandoned and left apart. I never really understood the reason behind it, but today, I'm sorted. I have figured out the problem, which, I believe is the first step towards finding a solution..😊
lizzet cerda (1 month ago)
I was heading in a negative spot. Thinking and feeling all 3 emotions. Rejection,loneliness, and failure. This video made me look at things in a different way. So much that I got goosebumps. From that moment I knew I had to change my psychological health.
P. Harvey (1 month ago)
This is one of the best TED talks I've ever seen.
S (1 month ago)
We've had no one to mirror practicing good mental health as we have brushing our teeth, putting on a band-aid. It needs to start somewhere in childhood....great topic
Aisha K (1 month ago)
amazing. thank you
Corvus Corone (1 month ago)
I have been rejected a couple a months ago from a workplace but I turned that bad talk in my head into a good one with the little help of wristband for anxiety. It helps me a lot against the rumination. Because our mind is a powerful tool but a bad master and needs some help from the outside.
Lion San (1 month ago)
I’m so glad I watched this video, made me realize so much
Ismael Ahmad (1 month ago)
Outstanding. Your talk has convinced me that I want to become a clinician.
Gigi Friedman (1 month ago)
Wow! This stellar psychologist has found his gift! Our gift is hearing his thoughts and observations! I am humbled by his illuminations of the human mind. Well done! What a profound presentation!
tajakjejtam (1 month ago)
This is exactly what I needed
Athvna (1 month ago)
can someone tell this dude i love him lol
LaurasBeehive (1 month ago)
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Marisol Sanchez (1 month ago)
Wow. Listening to this really made me realize so many things. Amazing!
Ken Kaneki (1 month ago)
The best TED talk ever
Axi0m33 (1 month ago)
RIP lonely cigarette smokers 💀
downtoawhisper (1 month ago)
12:44 This is something I have never considered. He's so right that we would never make a physical injury worse. We would protect it and care for it so it can heal. Yet, we don't do that with emotional injuries. We often make them worse with negative thinking. What a revolutionary concept to treat our minds the same way we do our physical body. I only wish we were all taught how to do this. It makes me want to learn more about it.
Toni Backus (1 month ago)
I'm saving this. I am a procrastinator because I'm afraid I won't succeed. I'm going to change this behavior. TODAY. I'm tired of functioning BELOW my actual potential.
Nikola K (1 month ago)
Thank you.
Ashleigh Smith (1 month ago)
Such a great talk on a very pressing issue - mental health.
Cat Custen (1 month ago)
I have much gratitude towards Dr. Guy Winch. Really needed this message. Thanks!
Anna S (1 month ago)
This speech is absolutely awesome!
Wewe Mcrhyne (1 month ago)
I have depression. Diagnosed 12 years ago. I still struggle with ruminating every afternoon. I start wanting to separate from my husband. I struggle every day with trying to not tell my husband I want a divorce. I don’t understand why 3-4pm is ruminating time, but it is real. I’ll make an appointment with a psychiatrist tomorrow. Maybe I need a different medicine. Something so simple, and it could save my marriage. I hate depression! It ruins marriages, kills people, causes abuse of children. It Sucks!
alaysia kaye butler (1 month ago)
there aren't enough mental health physicians like THIS, and to go to one that isn't right does more damage than good, which is why i stopped attending to my ''being'' health..
Dhawal Mehta (1 month ago)
This video was originally tedx one but it was so good that it came here at ted.
Cindy Villanueva (2 months ago)
This is exactly what I feel right now. Why do we have to always hurt ourselves? 😔
Mira Plasta (2 months ago)
<3

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