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July 21, 2022

6 Ways to Self-Regulate when we are Feeling all the Feels.

 

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I’ve been feeling all the feels lately.

Sad. Anxious. Overwhelmed. Excited. Unmotivated. Hopeful. Angry. Insecure.

I’m sure some of you can relate, no?

There’s so much going on in the world and sometimes my sensitive li’l self just can’t take it. Because I’ve mostly been feeling overwhelmed, instead of actually doing something that will make me feel better, I find that I freeze and don’t do anything at all—except maybe aimlessly scroll through social media a little too much, which most certainly makes me feel worse. Why are we like this?

But, I’m aware when I’m not doing what I truly need to feel better—and that’s the first step, right? I’m getting better at discerning my emotions and genuinely checking in with myself and what I need. But, sometimes, I need a little reminder of what I actually need, because my emotions often cloud my judgment…like, a lot.

And for me, the best medicine is returning to the basics: breathing, moving, writing, and simply allowing myself to feel. But, what I’ve recently learned is that, according to neuropsychology, there are specific tools we can use to help regulate specific emotions. So cool, right? 

For me, understanding what’s neurologically going on is incredibly helpful for me to actually do something about it. Oh, my amygdala is in overdrive? I better go for walk to calm down. Seriously, it helps.

So, whenever you begin to feel stressed, anxious, sad, angry, unmotivated, or insecure, return to this list below:

 

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