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Techniques for Emotional Regulation

What are Some Techniques That Help My Loved One Regulate Their Emotions?

Emotional regulation is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Drugs and alcohol used to numb these emotions for us, thus eliminating the need for regulation. In sobriety, however, we must learn how to consistently and effectively respond to emotions in order to stay clean and sober.

Learning to regulate emotions is not an easy task. In reality, this learning process is a life-long process. However, a strong foothold must be established in order to handle daily situations and the normal ups and downs that affect all people.

Some valuable techniques for regulating emotion include calming mechanisms such as meditation. Meditation, prayer and maintaining spirituality all help people to accept circumstances beyond their control and gives them strength to act or change things that can and should be changed. Remembering that you are not alone in your sobriety or life can also be fundamental in helping you remain calm despite turbulent circumstances.

Exercise is another great outlet for emotion and stress. Exercise is one of the best ways to release frustration in a healthy and productive manner. Added benefits to exercise are that you’ll be fitter, stronger and healthier in general.

Therapeutic techniques such as EMDR, talk therapy and others can help those struggling with particularly difficult emotions and situations.

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