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Emotion management for young minds

12 Aug, 2020 By: DNRF

Emotion management is the ability to be aware of and constructively handle both positive and challenging emotions. Throughout school programs, youth learn how to process and manage the emotions they develop during group activities and projects, and those they experience through other events in their lives. These can include the loss of a friend or family member or troubles at home.

Emotion management also helps youth manage the situations that trigger emotions, and attune to the valuable information and motivation emotions can provide when they are understood. By helping youth learn the skills to manage their emotions, they learn to process a range of feelings, while also learning self-advocacy skills that will help them in school, work, and life.

What is emotion management, exactly?

Emotion management is how you react when you get hit with strong emotions.

  • How do you handle a sudden spike in anxiety?
  • What’s your go-to strategy when you’re feeling down and depressed?
  • Which automatic thoughts pop into mind when you get criticized?

If these questions are making you uncomfortable, you’re not alone.

Even though most of us are trained from a young age to cultivate effective tactics for managing intellectual ideas, physical health, finances, or even other people, almost no one learns formally how to manage their emotions. In fact, most of us don’t learn much about emotion, period.

What we do learn tends to be unconscious imitation of what we see as kids. In other words, we do what our parents did when they got stressed, anxious, mad, etc.

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