FALL INTO REGULATION
It is FINALLY starting to feel like Fall! Many are adjusting to their new schedules and settling into their “normal”routines. Many eagerly await the typical Fall activities, including apple picking, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and roasting marshmallows while sitting around a warm fire. Yet the challenging part of this time of year is that we may have longer to-do lists, busier schedules, more assignments, and longer meetings. Accordingly, Fall brings contrasting emotions, the feeling of being both excited and overwhelmed.
Our emotions are similar to waves in the ocean – they rise and fall all day. Sometimes those waves reach astonishing heights, but eventually they end. When humans feel overwhelmed by stress, the wave of anxiety can rise and fall. To regulate ourselves, we can follow these steps:
1. Notice what you are feeling. Name what you are feeling and why, such as “I am feeling overwhelmed because I don’t know how I can keep up with my work load”.
2. Don’t fight the feeling. We encourage you to experience it fully. If you try to fight it, it can knock you down, much like standing in front of large ocean wave.
3. Accept your current feeling knowing it is only temporary. Remember, all waves have an ending.
By practicing Ride the Wave skill, you are surfing your own emotional waves! In what ways have you felt overwhelmed this Fall? How might riding the wave help you when you have the urge to avoid your tasks?
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Ride the Wave Skill by Hannah Wright
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