As I get older I find that I have been accumulating emotional pain and hurt for the past 35 years. We truly do so little to heal ourselves of emotional pain. The truth is - it shows up as physical pain at some point and dis-ease as they call it now.
I think we need to not only practice emotional first aid but emotional well being and healthy emotional living. The focus has been so much on what we eat and how much we exercise and that is supposed to show us how healthy we are. It does - but it's not the whole picture.
I have long believed that my weight, my backaches, my headaches and so on come from emotional cuts and bruises that have not been healed.
This is a good read: The Seven Habits of Highly Emotionally Healthy People
I find yoga helpful in this healing. And therapy. And journalling. And also blogging to some extent.
I think I need to do these things with more rigour and discipline for it to have an impact on my life.