How to get through difficult situations and difficult emotions, using a memorable acronym.
Who doesn’t love an acronym?!
Emotional Crisis Skills and Strategy
When it all becomes too much,
it helps to be armed with the skills and strategies to regulate your emotions.
Keep Busy. Think ahead and plan for stressful events
by putting together a list of activities you like to do
can be so helpful in the moment of distress.
Keep your mind off yourself and the situation. Volunteer,
help a friend move or fix their resume, it feels good
to help another.
Could Be Worse
And it always could be worse. Sometimes comparing
your current stressors to worse stressors is very
sobering and enlightening.
Immerse yourself in another emotion than what you feel
when your distressed. If you’re sad, see a funny movie.
See a scary movie. Watch your favorite go-to sitcom.
Try as hard as you can to push the situation out of your
mind. Imagine the situation is an object, and imagine
yourself putting the “object” in an imaginary box, and put the box in an imaginary closet.
Distract yourself with other thoughts, fill your mind with
counting all the white cars you see, or all the daffodils outside,
concentrate on breathing and count your steady breaths. If you lose count, start over.
What do you do to regulate your emotions during an emotional buildup?