Skill of the Week: Emotional Control

The skill of the week is Emotional Control, which is the ability to handle our emotions even when things are not going our way or when we are “over the top” excited.

Individuals exhibit stress in many different ways.  It is important that each recognize when he or she is stressed, to reflect on why this is so, and to learn strategies which help regulate his or her emotions.

Successful strategies that we are teaching students are

  • Count to 10 before responding

  • Deep Breathing Techniques-- “Lazy Eight” and “6 Sides of Breathing”

  • Leave the room or situation---get a drink of water, go to the bathroom

  • Change the topic---in your head--think of happy pleasant memories or future events

  • Use humor to deflect or change your frame of mind.

  • Listen to music

  • Think about “What’s the worst that can happen?”

  • Tell the worry to go away for now, you can deal with it later when you have more time and help.

  • Positive self talk--give yourself a pat on the back, remember past successes

Activities that we are teaching students to reduce stress are to

  • Color

  • Use a stress ball or tool, a paper clip or bracelet.  

  • Go for a walk or change activities

  • Do something that you enjoy then return to the task

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask,

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