Emotional regulation is a huge topic but broadly we are talking about how a person learns to independently deal with the things that trigger them. It isn’t just our ability to react and use some strategies when we are feeling a certain way but it’s also the ability to monitor and manage what’s going on in our bodies and minds throughout the day in ways that are good for us and those around us.Emotional regulation is made more difficult because our emotions are ever-changing and they vary in intensity. Not only this, but young people will experience a range of emotions in different situations, whilst doing different activities an d whilst in the presence of different people, which will all affect how they feel.
Kate Holden has over 20 years’ experience working in education. Kate started her education career as a primary teacher and SENCo and is now a specialist advisory teacher, working for a charity called the Together Trust.