Emotional Regulation is a relatively newer concept in mental health

In more recent years, the notion of behavioural dysregulation was introduced in Children’s Mental Health. The view that willful children are mischievous agents scheming to hurt and disrupt their homes, classrooms, or communities shifted to include a medically supported mental health etiology.

Impulse control problems associated with ADHD, anxiety, psychosis, and childhood depression are now assessed when children engage in worrisome behavioural breakdowns at school, home, or in the community.

Coupled with learning disabilities, developmental delays, comprehension deficits, eating disorders, self-harming, or OCD, childhood behavioural problems are becoming more clearly understood as symptoms of certain conditions rather than the problem per se.

Emotion regulation is a similar concept that has firmly taken hold in mental health practices and discourses. It too underscores the role of psychological, learning, health, personal, family, or social problems in understanding the ways people feel, think, and act each day.

Learning to compose your emotions is a simple interpretation of emotional regulation. Learning to identify your triggers, thoughts, and behavioural activation patterns in response to external factors in your life is the main way to get a handle on your emotions.

Where you have habitual response patterns that harm you or the ones you love, it is likely time to engage the services of a psychotherapist or counsellor. There are several credentialed mental health psychotherapy service providers available to people now more than ever.

Keys that support your investment in self-care include:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Evidence of trained listening
  • Feelings of validation & worth
  • Acquisition of new skills
  • Recommended resources such as YouTube videos, books, music, breathing techniques, or meditation courses
  • Overall improvement in your wellness
  • Increased social functionality
  • Improved relationships
  • Composure in previously difficult situations

Sometimes the factors that trigger poor health are not within your realm of control. These situations may result in you having to make a radical change in order to maintain your sense of balance, wellness, health , and family life.

Only you know what matters most to you, and when something doesn’t feel right. Wellness words heal, so let’s start talking!

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