How to practice emotional first aid | Guy Winch

  • Published: 16 February 2015
  • 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.

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Comments • 2 461

  • rj
    rj  12 hours back

    This is the Gold Standard of Youtube...
    Guy Winch is fucking awesome. The way he empathizes with me (the viewers) with his personal life stories and hints us the solution of one of the biggest problem of modern lifestyle is simply amazing.

    Much love for both brothers and a happy life to you all who watch this wonderful ted talk

    • Sara Poynter
      Sara Poynter  14 hours back

      I’m only 1 min 35 seconds in and already commenting bc he’s so correct- our society is so focused on physical health, yet sleeps on mental health, when the latter often controls the former. If we’d have mental health checkups and make it a priority the way we do physical health, there’d be less crime, divorce, domestic violence, drug addiction, suicide etc.

      • varala beschkuni
        varala beschkuni  15 hours back


        • B Daddy
          B Daddy  2 days back

          He sounds like Bruce Leroy's master.

          • ColargolPL
            ColargolPL  2 days back

            Świetne polskie tłumaczenie. Gratuluję!

            • Anduena
              Anduena  2 days back

              this is one of my favorite ted talks

              • Yuna Stardust
                Yuna Stardust  3 days back

                I’m so lonely it’s a mess

                • Kannibal Arca *
                  Kannibal Arca *  4 days back

                  if u want to heal ur friends mental health you must open up ur self so that ur friend will know u too are vulnerabile and be relieved

                  • Marsh Mallow
                    Marsh Mallow  4 days back

                    His voice is so soothing

                    • Harish Tangudu
                      Harish Tangudu  4 days back

                      Heey man, i donno you till now but thankyou very much

                      • Imanda Candrakasih
                        Imanda Candrakasih  4 days back

                        Best TedTalks I‘ve seen so far. Glad, I found this bcs I‘ve always been emotionally messed. Thank you!

                        • MoonApril20
                          MoonApril20  5 days back

                          I'm so grateful for this video. I've been feeling bad with un-named emotion. Everything looks fine but I'm feeling so unhappy. After watching this, I feel a lot easier. Thanks a lot.

                          • Usa Puthawong
                            Usa Puthawong  5 days back

                            I wish your brother get well soon

                            • Jason Kennedy Hernandez

                              His brother was healed because his mind is strong enough to resist ruminating. That's courageous.

                              • rotten apple
                                rotten apple  5 days back

                                this guy! WOW

                                • rtm sitti
                                  rtm sitti  5 days back

                                  Thank you. I wanted to quit med school today. Been ruminating about for weeks because of a failed test. I'm so glad I came across this.

                                  • Aditi A.
                                    Aditi A.  5 days back

                                    Idk what but I just slept whilst the video was playing. It felt calm, may be, or just some embracing stuff was going on within.

                                    • Sanzhar Saduakhas
                                      Sanzhar Saduakhas  6 days back

                                      It is such an incredible talk! His gentle, calm voice literally mesmerized me. Unfortunately, not all people understand that we should care more about mental health. Nevertheless, I am thankful for Allah that Muslims do not encounter such problems because Allah already showed the solutions in al-Quran.

                                      • Joyce Wolan
                                        Joyce Wolan  6 days back

                                        i can't see how people gave this a thumbs down . all of the information is spot on, i enjoyed it

                                        • M
                                          M  7 days back

                                          What do you do if it's difficult to be your own best friend and have been lonely 💔 for two years.....

                                          • JYNX
                                            JYNX  7 days back

                                            i wanna live in that world, too !

                                            • Noor Al
                                              Noor Al  1 weeks back

                                              Amazing, informative, and MUCH needed! I hope i can learn to be more emotionally healthy. Thank you for this.

                                              • Aarushi Bhardwaj
                                                Aarushi Bhardwaj  2 weeks back

                                                Beautiful. Spot on. This made so much sense.
                                                Compelled me to put a comment, my first one on YouTube.

                                                • Myfanwy McLean
                                                  Myfanwy McLean  2 weeks back

                                                  This is good stuff.

                                                  • Jason Theobald
                                                    Jason Theobald  2 weeks back

                                                    Crying at work. So beautiful.

                                                    • Nika Akbari
                                                      Nika Akbari  2 weeks back


                                                      • Muthu Mukesh
                                                        Muthu Mukesh  2 weeks back

                                                        I needed to see this more than I realised

                                                        • The Shy Unicorn
                                                          The Shy Unicorn  2 weeks back

                                                          I’m a late comer to the party but oh my god this is the best & most needed Ted Talk ever.

                                                          • Luis Uribe
                                                            Luis Uribe  2 weeks back

                                                            I started watching this video right after really bad anxiety and I got to say it did calm me down and made me realize that I need to help myself to become a better minded person and be able to control my thoughts and feelings as I grow up. It’s time to take action guys :)

                                                            • Divyanshu Singh
                                                              Divyanshu Singh  2 weeks back

                                                              thanks for this video Mr. Winch

                                                              • S E I
                                                                S E I  2 weeks back

                                                                well I am always having the rejection on myself. I always try to satify other people because I dont bealieve in myself. Being honestly, Im am misanthrope and I really hate the people who I try to be pleased with😛. Damn it but I am a social and that is necessary to communicate with. From then I only like people who are truthful.... so manything to say, that is complicated, I even cant share my feeling with my parents because they thinks Im a child and always tell me what to do... However yeah, you make me realize somethings.☺️

                                                                • Sakshi Dubey
                                                                  Sakshi Dubey  3 weeks back

                                                                  You nailed it man! You're actually a true doctor.

                                                                  • Bethany - B2pk films
                                                                    Bethany - B2pk films  3 weeks back

                                                                    Wow okay now I'm crying

                                                                    • anagha rani
                                                                      anagha rani  3 weeks back

                                                                      Loneliness make us vulnerable. Afraid to take action due to fear of rejection. Still be brave take action towards connection.
                                                                      Failures may fix us in a wrong mindset doubting our capabilities . Still be brave and try all ways you can.
                                                                      Rejection may bring up all the things we hate about ourself we question our worth. Instead choose self compassion thoughts,i love myself who cares what they think about you.
                                                                      Break the Rumination on negative thoughts with a distraction or better if you can be mindful of it.
                                                                      Great talk ,thank you Sir.

                                                                      • Algren Nonymi
                                                                        Algren Nonymi  3 weeks back

                                                                        We need to teach these things in school too.

                                                                        • Cynthia Booker
                                                                          Cynthia Booker  3 weeks back

                                                                          Boy, this is really a painful thing to watch. I have been saying this for years just using common sense. It is our emotional health that is the most important. I used to ask my troubled friends all the time what they believed self-esteem really was and what ways did they show they had self-esteem? They always said something related to the outer crust and never the inside. I always told them that we were not taught that self-esteem is shown by how we take care of ourselves emotionally. We should not do a thing that would harm ourselves emotionally, just like we wouldn't jump from a bridge (quit jumping into failed relationships). I guess I will need to start writing about my thoughts and ideas. I had no idea I was so terribly smart. This is also one of the first things I taught my niece. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF EMOTIONALLY!!! It should be taught to young children.

                                                                          • سلمى أسامــة

                                                                            Sorry to myself I took so much time before watching this!

                                                                            • veronhica villanueva
                                                                              veronhica villanueva  3 weeks back

                                                                              The Best vid I've watched 2019.

                                                                              • Natalie 82
                                                                                Natalie 82  3 weeks back

                                                                                I wish I was rich enough to have a conversation with this guy. otherwise, I'm very appreciative that he took the time to do a Ted talk.

                                                                                • Korekiyo Shinguji
                                                                                  Korekiyo Shinguji  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I call myself kind names to make myself happy.

                                                                                  • Andrew Cail Berkhausen
                                                                                    Andrew Cail Berkhausen  3 weeks back

                                                                                    This was really great!

                                                                                    • Fox
                                                                                      Fox  4 weeks back

                                                                                      I came here to help my friend. Now I feel like I'm the main root of her depression.

                                                                                      • shapes
                                                                                        shapes  4 weeks back

                                                                                        3:28 that is norm macdonald level straight face

                                                                                        • Yash Kumar Gupta
                                                                                          Yash Kumar Gupta  4 weeks back

                                                                                          How to do Emotional Hygine ?

                                                                                          • bell sunny
                                                                                            bell sunny  4 weeks back

                                                                                            thank your great speech. It is very helpful for me.

                                                                                            • Samuel Eweka
                                                                                              Samuel Eweka  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Thank you sir

                                                                                              • Nikkie Gargi
                                                                                                Nikkie Gargi  4 weeks back

                                                                                                A Ted talk that's most relevant to me and my life....I'll try watching this once a day to keep the 'not a real doctor' away!!

                                                                                                • Rasha Alseleni
                                                                                                  Rasha Alseleni  4 weeks back

                                                                                                  This touched me.