Cool it!

DD69D8CE-5CC6-4E21-9A63-4BC57A924A64Next time you feel emotionally overwhlemed or out of control, try submerging your face in cold water for 30 seconds, or hold on ice pack over your eyes and cheeks. This activates the mammalian diving reflex which slows down your heart rate as well as activating your parasympathetic nervous system which helps you return to a state of calm and regulate your emotions.

This is the first step in a series of emotion regulation techniques from DBT therapy, developed by Marsha Linehan. Click here for the full set of steps.

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