The best emotional regulation skill out there? Mindfulness.
It helps you to label and step back from your emotional states.
Mindfulness leads to greater activation of the medial prefrontal cortex, which activates when we do self-related tasks.
With practice, you will be able to catch your thoughts and feelings before they get out of control, meaning you can choose better ways to respond to life’s stressors than lashing out or hurting yourself.