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
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,