What do you do when you start to feel emotionally overwhelmed? Having a set of simple emotion regulating techniques might be helpful,

The range of human emotions is remarkable. There are two emotions that, when at their extremes, can have a dramatic impact one’s mental well being. One is depression, marked by overwhelming feelings of despair and hopelessness. The other is anxiety, a state of high agitation and worry. When out of control, each of these emotions can be quite debilitating, particularly for people who have a mood disorder such as Borderline Personality Disorder.

It’s even more difficult to keep these and other strong emotions in check during this time of world-wide social, health and economic crises. But there are ways to improve the situation.

This recent article in the New York Times, written by a professor of psychology presents a handful of quick acting techniques that may be useful for getting your emotions back in balance, including a skill developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, the creator if Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

 

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