The Role of Mindfulness in Emotion Regulation

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When we teach people how to manage their emotions, we begin with Mindfulness... which doesn't always go over very well! I get it! When I first started learning mindfulness myself, my internal dialogue sounded like this: "yeah, yeah yea, I get it, I need to pay attention and meditate and blah blah... now teach me the good stuff". We resist mindfulness because its hard, and quite frankly, it feels boring...AND it is the most necessary step in emotion regulation! This cute graphic helps explain the role of mindfulness as the first step to understanding and control our emotions. Source:  The Latest Kate.