We all get angry and I’ve found that this state, coupled with the means to act, is a powerful place to be and doesn’t necessarily lead to a drop in health or performance.
However I could argue that we change through pain or inspiration. And I know that if I’m acting through anger it means the pain has become unbearable.
I’ve highlighted the following passage for this blog post from a TED talk as it paraphrases the importance of making time for mental health.
Guy Winch on Emotional First Aid.
“I recently was at a friend’s house, and their five-year-old was getting ready for bed. He was standing on a stool by the sink, brushing his teeth, when he slipped and scratched his leg on the stool when he fell. He cried for a minute, but then he got back up, got back on the stool, and reached out for a box of Band-Aids to put one on his cut.
Now, this kid could barely tie his shoelaces, but he knew you have to cover a cut so it doesn’t become infected, and you have to care for your teeth by brushing twice a day. We all know how to maintain our physical health and how to practice dental hygiene, right? We’ve known it since we were five years old.
But what do we know about maintaining our psychological health? Well, nothing. What do we teach our children about emotional hygiene? Nothing. How is it that we spend more time taking care of our teeth than we do our minds? Why is it that our physical health is so much more important to us than our psychological health?”
If you find yourself holding onto anger, ruminating over every stressful encounter or acting out of pain, this talk is for you…