Need More Emotional Bounce? Try Mental Hygiene

Published on January 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm



Closeup on young woman brushing teethThanks to the American Dental Association, everyone knows excellent dental hygiene requires brushing and flossing twice a day. We know this daily practice prevents cavities. But not many of us know that daily mental hygiene can build and strengthen emotional resilience.  Career decisions, transitions, and job-hunting require extra emotional bounce. One can ward off job related doldrums by practicing emotional hygiene.

Everyday, write down (or better yet share with someone) at least three things that went well or three things for which you are grateful. It is not always easy but keep at it, the practice conditions our minds to process events with a more balanced perspective. Count the little things, they matter. 

Here are mine:

  • Yesterday, I took extra time off to have a long lunch with a good friend
  • I had a tough but good workout at the YMCA this morning
  • A young client emailed me with the good news that she landed a great job in Manhattan and thanked me for my advice and encouragement.
  • I wrote my first blog in months!

What are three good things that have happened to you today?

This post was written by Lisa Jacobson

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