Co-regulation is the dynamic and continuous process whereby one person’s nervous system calms another. It is a hugely important skill as a therapist, but also in so many of our other life roles. Co-regulation is about meeting a person where they are at and attuning to their needs. In this episode I explore and talk through 6 practical steps you can use to co-regulate another person:
- Check in with your own emotions and body and ask “how am I showing up”? and “what do I need right now?”.
- Slow down your breath.
- Talk slower and quieter.
- Communicate through gestures.
- Use sensory strategies.
- Be patient, empathetic and understanding. Pause, notice and listen mindfully.
I hope this helps you next time you need it. x