What Is Emotion Regulation?
Unlike small children, who must learn to regulate their emotions, adults are expected to manage their emotions, especially negative emotions like anxiety, anger, and frustration, and not allow negative thoughts and feelings to drive their behavior. Still, everyone experiences times when we feel emotionally overwhelmed and allow our feelings to control our actions. When this happens, we often regret the things we say or do and wish we had been able to keep those emotions in check. In addition to, or as part of, emotion regulation therapy and self-regulation therapy, there are techniques, such as meditation, mindfulness, and stress management, that can help you take charge of your negative emotions and response to emotional situations. These techniques can also provide other benefits, like improved mood, increased feelings of self-worth, and increased empathy.