Hey parents and teachers,
Emotional Regulation is part of executive function, and it’s important because the better a child can regulate/manage emotions, the more they will be aware of what works and what doesn’t work. This means that they will be able to process emotions rather than avoid and distract in unhealthy ways. This is a quality of life issue. Here are 8 tools that will help in this video.
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The tools you outlined are super helpful. I find singing or listening to music to be calming and regulating to my nervous system.
Even tho you’re mad, you actually seem happier this week. Did just naming and listing these pro-active actions help you, too? Naming things and listing things helps me, too.
Thank you Seth, this was really helpful. My 15yr old son has difficulties in this area.
He has been misunderstood so much and it’s been very hard to get anyone to help or to just understand.
I’ve home schooled him since he was 7yrs old and have been a single parent for four years now.
Sometimes I really struggle to deal with meltdowns and worry about the amount of time he spends on his computer. I know it’s about escape and avoidance of difficult emotions and memories. Also low self esteem and lack of confidence.
It’s a steep learning curve and it won’t be easy but I’ll do everything I can to put these tips into practice.
Amy McRoberts says
Thank you for this! I learned so much how to better support my often dis-regulated pre teen. I love this list, especially your first 3. I would add healthy food and a nap as well. You are helping me become a better listener and support to my family.
Dear Seth, thank your for the great tools. I´d like to add some when I am alone. To me it is very helpful to change the place or situation, e.g. to stand up, stretch, move to another room, concentrate on what is really around me – the save environment – sometimes I just name the things I see like present the room to another person. Also changing temperature e.g. going outside without jacket for a minute or barefoot can be very down to earth to move from mind to body. Checking out the sky for funny clouds is also very good to bring your head up and your neck more relaxed again. Shaking hands to move the clouds or like the queen moving by in a limousine – both sides – is very nice, too. In general it is not easy to be really angry when you do silly little things like this. And maybe the most important lesson – the cup should not be to full at any time – do your Joga, Mediation, Sleep, drink water – whatever helps – regularly and don’t be disappointed when you were not able to do it today. Tomorrow is a new day.
Aunty Jane says
I thought today’s talk was so practice. Thanks so much
Creating. Finger-paint your feelings. Make your problem out of play-doh and then squash it. Write a poem. Play the piano. Sometimes words are really difficult or impossible, creating is a really helpful way of expression. Then when you are the observer don’t guess what it is, but say “tell me about this?” And then really listen, reflect and ask follow-up questions.
I love your work! It’s so helpful!