Five Strategies for Regaining Emotional Balance

  1. Cognitive reappraisal (aka “reframing”)   – examine the facts underlying a conflict for nonthreatening, alternative explanations
  2. Mindfulness  – pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to things as they are, observe what you are feeling and thinking, rather than being caught up in the thoughts and feelings
  3. Changing Focus – disrupt negative emotional reactions by breaking the mind’s absorption on thoughts related to the conflict
  4. Cultivate Positive Emotions   – What brings you deep sense of peace, contentment and happiness?,  Use humor and laughter to foster a sense of gratitude,  Think of what things inspire you and make you happy, positive emotions have a cumulative effect, so reflect on these uplifting thoughts daily
  5. Resilience  – it takes time to recover from strong negative emotions, decrease the time it takes you to recover from emotional hijacking by building your capacity to respond effectively