Monthly Theme: Self-Regulation with The Zones of Regulation
The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted our daily lives and led to varying degrees of heightened emotions and trauma for all. This collective trauma has produced anxiety and a sense of loss for many. Thus, it is important that adults and children alike actively practice self-regulation strategies to ease our heightened emotions.
One way to do this is with The Zones of Regulation, a social-emotional learning curriculum that teaches emotional control by categorizing emotions into four types of Zones: blue, green, yellow, and red. The Zones of Regulation also help children identify and match self-regulation tools to their corresponding zones.
- Blue Zone- low states of alertness such as feeling sad, tired, sick, or bored
- Green Zone- where optimal learning occurs; a calm state of alertness; happy, focused, or ready to learn
- Yellow Zone- a more heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, or nervousness
- Red Zone- extremely heightened states of alertness or a loss of control; a person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror
For more information about The Zones of Regulation, click here.
Creative Ways To Teach and Reinforce The Zones of Regulation
Below are 5 ways to introduce the Zones to your child(ren).
1. Talk about the Zones throughout the day including what Zone you are currently in and what you do to either stay in that Zone or move to a more expected Zone. For example, you could say that you are feeling focused and in the Green Zone but that you are going to make sure to drink enough water and take breaks to stay in the Green Zone. You could also explain that you are feeling stressed with a work assignment so you are in the Yellow Zone so you are going to take deep breaths and write a checklist to help you get in the Green Zone to feel better and be able to accomplish the task. Please remember that there are no "bad" Zones, but the Green Zone tends to be expected most of the time.