Change the Negativity Channel

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readOct 8, 2023

Flip the switch on emotional dysregulation.

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Our lives remain steeped in stress.

As a result, everybody experiences intense emotional reactions from time to time. But if you find yourself drowning in the undercurrent of bad feelings to the point where it damages your relationships and quality of life, you might be battling emotional dysregulation.

Emotional dysregulation feels like a rollercoaster ride at an amusement park, but instead of thrills and giggles, it is all about unpredictable mood swings and emotional turbulence.

Your feelings have a mind of their own, accelerating from 0 to 100 in a blink, leaving you exhausted like you are riding an emotional rollercoaster without a seatbelt. It remains critical to monitor this wild ride because it can wreak havoc on your life.

Imagine snapping at your boss during a staff meeting or sobbing at a bar over spilled beer. Emotional dysregulation can sabotage your relationships, career, and overall well-being, so keep it in check.

But don’t sweat it too much. Hang loose. Monitoring emotional dysregulation is about self-awareness and learning to surf those emotional waves more smoothly.

It’s like promoting yourself to be the captain of your emotional ship.

Recognize the triggers, whether it is stress, lack of sleep, or too much caffeine, and learn strategies to keep your emotions in check. This can involve positive habits like mindfulness, therapy, or even just taking a deep breath when you feel the emotional rollercoaster starting to rev up.

So, keep tabs on your emotions, and you will become the master of your feelings, steering that rollercoaster of life with finesse and style. By learning to regulate your reactions, you can feel calmer around people and more grounded in your decisions.

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One method I employ to mitigate the impact of emotional dysfunction is analogous to changing the channel on negativity in my life — much like giving up on a shitty series partway through on Netflix.

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Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity · www.adrianspotter.com