Healthy Habits for Better Emotion Regulation
Engaging in these healthy habits can make it easier to regulate emotions
- Children up to age 12 are recommended to get 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night, adolescents ages 13-18 are recommended to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night
- Sleep schedules should be consistent (i.e., go to bed within the same 1 hour period on both weekdays and weekends)
- Follow a nightly bedtime routine to help you wind down and signal your body that it is time for bed!
- Using technology like watching TV, playing video games, or being on your phone before bed can make it harder to fall asleep (No screen time for at least 30 minutes before bed)
- Avoid caffeine in the 4-6 hours before bed
- Have a comfortable sleep environment – cool temperature, minimal light, minimal noise
- Eating regularly and healthfully
- 3 meals and 2 snacks recommended each day
- Think of the Snickers commercials – “you are not you when you’re hungry!” – It is hard to think, manage stress, and respond appropriately if you’re hangry!
- Regular exercise has been linked to better attention and mood, and less anxiety
- Recommended to get 30+ minutes of exercise, at least 5 days a week
- Can help you burn off steam and feel more relaxed
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MODULE 1: MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS