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Ways to Keep Your Emotions Regulated

Emotions can get out of whack sometimes. When your mind goes from the rational to the irrational at the drop of a dime, it's hard to keep it together. Having your emotions regulated puts you in a better position than if you don't. I want to give you 4 ways to do that now.

Emotions are a part of being human. We can't run away from these feelings by burying our head in a pillow or distracting ourselves with social media or video games. When it comes to mood disorders, it is important to talk to your doctor and figure out the cause of your symptoms. Only then can you start treating those issues.

If you have a tendency to overreact or be overly sensitive, it's time to learn how to regulate your emotions.

Emotions are an important part of our lives, but they can also get out of control. If you have a tendency to overreact or be overly sensitive, it's time to learn how to regulate your emotions.

Ways to control your emotions

Take a deep breath. When you feel yourself getting worked up, take a moment to breathe deeply and focus on the feeling of air entering and exiting your lungs. This will help calm down your nervous system and reduce your stress levels.

Count backwards from 100 by threes. This helps you focus on something other than whatever is upsetting you at the moment.

Ask yourself questions about what happened that day and why it upset you so much — then try not answering them! For example, if someone makes an offhand comment about something that bothers you, ask yourself what it was about the comment that made it so upsetting for you? Then ask yourself whether this person could have meant any harm by saying it? What would be another way that person could have phrased what they said so it was less upsetting for me?

The first step in learning to control your emotions is to be aware that you have them. That's not always easy, because we often react automatically and without thinking.

If you're like most people, you probably have a set of emotions that tend to dominate your feelings. For example, if someone hurts your feelings, you might automatically feel angry or sad. But there's no need to react in that way — you can choose other feelings instead.

It's not just about changing how you feel about something; it's also about changing how you think about it. So when someone says something mean to you, instead of reacting with hurt or anger, try responding with curiosity or compassion instead: "Wow, this person doesn't seem like they're treating me very well right now."

You can also change the way that things seem by looking at them from different angles. For example, if you're worried about an upcoming test, look at the situation from different angles to see what information might help make things better: What are the chances of passing? What would happen if I failed? What would happen if I did really well?

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