COVID-19 Resources: Learn how to apply character strengths to boost resilience and support others.
"I manage my feelings and actions and am disciplined and self-controlled."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Self-Regulation?
Self-Regulation is a complex character strength. It has to do with controlling your appetites and emotions and regulating what you do. Those high in self-regulation have a good level of confidence in their belief that they can be effective in what they pursue and are likely to achieve their goals. They are admired for their ability to control their reactions to disappointment and insecurities. Self-regulation helps keep a sense of balance, order, and progress in life. Self-Regulation can be viewed as a resource that can be depleted and fatigued. A useful metaphor can be that self-regulation acts like a muscle, which can be exhausted through over-exertion or strengthened through regular practice.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used self-regulation in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of self-regulation in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Next time you get upset, make a conscious effort to control your emotions and focus on positive attributes.
- Set goals to improve your everyday living (e.g., room cleaning, laundry, doing dishes, cleaning your desk) and make sure you complete the tasks.
- Pay close attentions to your biological clock. Do your most important tasks when you are most alert.