Regulating Your Emotions 

Regulating Your Emotions 

“Selfregulation will always be a challenge, but if somebody’s going to be in charge, it might as well be me.” – Daniel Akst

We live in a world where you can experience happiness, sadness, rage, joy, disappointment, and fear on the same day. We may not have control over the things that happen to us on a day-to-day basis, but we can control how we react to them. Have you ever responded to a person or situation in a way that made you question your reaction? If so, why do you think that is?

Regulating our emotions sound easy but require intention and self-awareness. Being able to take control of your feelings during a situation involves practice. I am not saying we should not show emotions; control them when it matters the most. Suppose you struggle with regulating your emotions during sensitive conversations or life events. In that case, you may want to re-evaluate the triggers for those emotions and face their root cause. Here are a few tips for regulating your emotions.

  1. Identify your triggers. No one said that you could never get angry. The thing is, what do you do when you get angry? Identifying when your emotions take a dramatic change and tying that to remove yourself from those situations can help you get to the root of that emotion.
  2. Speaking affirmations and positive self-talk. Sometimes talking yourself off the ledge per se helps when we get into these moments when our emotions seem to take over. Try saying to yourself, “I am in control. I can handle this. This may be tough, but so am I.” Doing this can also decrease anxiety.
  3. Take time to respond. Not everything requires an immediate response. Are you listening to understand or to hear? When you need to respond to a situation, take a second to react to certain situations.

Regulating your emotions can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Sometimes I have to practice these things daily, depending on the situation. Understanding how to have self-awareness and better self-control can improve your mental, physical, and even spiritual readiness. 


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