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This TED talk was like the voice of God in a very painful season of my life. And it’s still relevant in every way. I want to share with you and invite you to Practice Emotional First Aid.

Intro: 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.

The part that got me: “Loneliness creates a deep psychological wound, one that distorts our perceptions and scrambles our thinking. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It make us really afraid to reach out, because why set yourself up for rejection and heartache when your heart is already aching more than you can stand?”

What’s missing: I believe that this is all sustainable when it is based on the foundation of forgiveness. Without accepting the invitation from Jesus, to forgive those who hurt us, most of these tools will be shallow at first, and ineffective in the long term.

Why you should watch: Because Jesus wants you to live a life abundant. And the tools shared in this video are part of the transformation that comes when you renew your mind.

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom. 12:2

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