Learning the process of Self-Regulation can help you cope and manage feelings of extreme stress and dysregulation.
Our ability to self-regulate as an adult has roots in our development during childhood. How our caregivers responded when we were stressed marked a learned conditioning that we carry with us to adulthood. Our childhood is where the subconscious mind is formed. It is when we learn how to process emotions and what relationships with others look like.
Self-regulation can be described as the ability to direct our own thoughts, emotions and behaviours towards a goal. Gaining control instead of being reactive.
Self- regulation involved taking a pause between a feeling and an action.
What are some basic exercises that we can start using to learn the process of self-regulation:
Exercises to Self-Regulate
👁️Practice conscious awareness
🌬️Practice deep belly breathing- activates parasympathetic nervous system (calming)
📝Journal the feelings that come up- name them- put them out – do not give them attention, just write them down and leave it there.
🧘♀️Notice your body- what sensations do you feel in your body?
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