What is Emotional Regulation?
Emotional regulation is an understanding of our emotions as being valid and natural parts of ourselves that we can't always control - but that we can regulate, make less distressing, and use to react in healthier ways.
One skill that we can use to regulate our emotions is the PLEASED skill. PLEASED is an acronym to help people remember a set of skills that can make emotional regulation easier. The idea behind the PLEASED skill is to take care of your basic needs so that you can make healthier decisions and be less vulnerable to emotional disruptions.PLEASED stands for Physical health, ILlness treatment, Eating balanced meals, Avoid mood-altering drugs, Sleep balance, Exercise, and Daily.
Using the worksheets provided below, try to prioritize the PLEASED skills for one week, tracking your progress along the way with the tracking card. Identify and address any barriers that may be preventing you from practicing these skills. Reflect on how you felt each day in relation to your ability to take care of your needs. Feel free to add any skills or practices that help you to prevent emotional vulnerability and allow you to connect with your heart truth!