In a new webinar, Dr. Marc Brackett, Director at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, provides an overview of seven evidence-based strategies for regulating emotions at home during this time. Each strategy is summarized briefly below, and described in greater detail in the linked webinar.
- Physiological Regulation: As shared last week, mindful breathing is a strategy that is available to you under most circumstances, is easy to learn and practice, and has significant benefits for your ability to focus.
- Self-Care (Strong Immune System): Sleep, nutrition and exercise are more important now than ever to sustain a strong immune system.
- Healthy Relationships: Feeling safe, heard, and connected are also essential in our ability to support ourselves and those around us.
- Managing Your Thoughts: Positive self-talk, gratitude, compassion, reappraisal and problem-solving are all effective practices for managing and using your own brain and mental habits to be more supportive and effective during this time.
- Managing Your Life Smartly: Modifying and selecting situations to prevent stress, and having routines and setting daily goals.
- Doing Meaningful Things You Enjoy: Spirituality, hobbies, entertainment and taking a walk in nature.
- Forgiveness: Giving ourselves permission to fail and forgive.