Emotional First Aid: Tips for Healing Emotional Wounds

Emotional wounds are just as real as physical ones, and they can be just as crippling, if not more so. When we experience a physical injury, we usually know what to do – we apply first aid, seek medical attention if needed, and allow time for healing. But when it comes to emotional injuries, we often ignore them or try to push through without proper care. It’s time to prioritise emotional health and start taking steps towards healing emotional wounds. In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips for emotional first aid that can help us recover from emotional pain and improve overall wellbeing.


Acknowledge Your Feelings

Acknowledging your emotions is the first step towards healing emotional wounds. Allow yourself to feel the emotions, whether it be sadness, anger, or frustration, without judging them or pushing them away. Take a moment to sit with the emotions and reflect on why you might be feeling them. By acknowledging the emotions, we can better understand ourselves and our needs and can take steps towards healing.


Seek Support

It’s okay to ask for help when we need it. Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, therapist, or support group when dealing with emotional pain. Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to deal with emotions on our own, and having someone to talk to can provide valuable support and guidance.


Practice Self-Care

Take time to care for yourself physically and emotionally. Whether it be taking a warm bath, meditating, or spending time in nature, practising self-care can help reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. Find what activities bring you joy and make them a priority in your life.


Reframe Negative Thoughts

Negative self-talk can worsen emotional wounds and lead to a negative cycle of self-doubt. Challenge negative thoughts and reframe them in a positive light. Instead of saying “I’m not good enough,” try saying “I’m doing the best I can, and that’s enough.” Practise positive affirmations and self-compassion to help improve self-esteem and reduce negative self-talk.


Create Boundaries

Creating boundaries can help protect ourselves from emotional wounds. Determine what is and isn’t acceptable for you and communicate those needs to others. Setting boundaries can help prevent people from crossing emotional boundaries that may trigger painful memories or emotions.


It’s important to remember that emotional wounds take time to heal, and everyone’s healing process is different. By taking small steps towards emotional first aid, we can prioritise our emotional health and help ourselves recover from emotional pain. Remember to practise self-compassion, seek support, and take care of yourself physically and emotionally. By doing so, we can work towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.


Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation for emotional first-aid in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛


"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."




Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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