Self-regulation is a universal set of skills that help us manage our responses to things that happen in our lives. We have very little control over the things that happen around us, but we have a great deal of control over our responses to those things. A simple analogy would be to compare self-regulation to the job of a thermostat. The thermostat constantly monitors the environment and when it detects a change it makes a decision about what to do and carries it out.
Those who regulate themselves well are more successful, happier and live longer than those who don’t. We spend a great deal of time training professionals and parents about how to teach self-regulation skills to children.
Learning to effectively regulate feelings, thoughts and behaviors can significantly improve ones quality of life. Self-regulation skills are related to success in many areas of life including:
- Social interaction
- Academic performance
- Mental health
- Job performance
- Physical health/well-being
- Athletic performance