Self-regulation for teenagers

How often have you acted out of impulse because of an emotional situation you faced? What were the emotions you felt after the action – regret, guilt, shame, frustration? This is common for both teenagers and adults as they reflect on what they could have done instead. The key is self-regulation.

Self-regulation is a skill that allows people to recognize and manage their emotions, thoughts and behaviours when they find themselves faced with a challenging situation. It allows you to focus on the task or situation and create positive outcomes on your well-being, loving relationships and attitude in life.

Why is self-regulation important?

The world today contains so much pressure and stress, especially during these times of Covid, where many people constantly face change in their daily routines. Children and teenagers have had to quickly adapt to home schooling, change how they play/socialize and restrict who they can interact with.

These may be considered small changes to adults, but they can cause a lot of stress to younger minds. Furthermore, if they’ve not been able to regulate the emotions previously, they will experience more stress and will continue reacting in this pattern.

When a teenager is feeling regulated, they will be:

How to help teenagers learn and practice self-regulation

Parents are one of the most influential teachers in their child’s life, especially when it comes to self-regulation skills. The below are some practical ways you can help support the practice of self-regulation:

Supporting your teenager develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and encouraging the practice of self-regulation can be a significant factor in helping them experience success in life.

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