Blog Post Number One
So you’ve just downloaded the Neurocog app and had a look at the different features. But how can you get the most out of the Neurocog app to best develop your emotion regulation skills? Improving your emotion regulation and coping skills allows you to deal with the challenges of life better and helps you to understand yourself on a deeper level.
What is the emotion log?
The emotion log is the first tool for achieving this. The emotion log tracks the four primary emotions: glad, mad, sad and anxious. Enter how glad, mad, sad or anxious you are and then use the feelings button to provide more detail. The emotion log tracks these emotions across three different domains: how you are feeling towards yourself, how you are feeling towards other people and how you are feeling towards everything overall. This allows you to create a deeper picture of your current emotional state.
What about the exercises?
Next, complete one of our exercises. Our exercises are broken into four types: cognitive, sensory, visual and emotional. Cognitive exercises deal with negative thinking patterns and improve your ability to cope with negative emotions. Sensory exercises improve your awareness towards your bodily sensations. Visual exercises improve your mental imagery skills and help you to remain present in the moment. Emotional exercises improve your emotional awareness.
Specific exercises can be helpful for specific situations. For example, if you are being weighed down by negative thoughts then try one of our cognitive exercises, such as ‘CheckIn’ or ‘Fact Check’, to work through and re-evaluate your negative thoughts. If you are feeling overwhelmed physically and emotionally then try one of our sensory exercises such as ‘BreLax’ or ‘BodyScan’, which helps to calm the senses.
Over time, try to utilise all the exercises. Start first with the exercises labelled as beginner. Once you feel you have a handle on the beginner exercises then move on to a new exercise. There is no hard and fast rule on how to do this. Each exercise brings different benefits over time. However, the benefits of these exercises come from repetition rather than completing the exercise once and moving on.
After completing the exercise you will be asked to complete another emotion log. This will tell you if your emotional state has changed across the activity.
Use the EL report and Journal features on the bottom bar to track your progress. The Journal logs all your completed activities on the app so come back to it to view your responses to previously completed exercises. The EL report tracks your changes in emotion from the Emotion Log entries. Use this to see how your emotions are changing in response to the exercises. Here you can see if the exercises are working or not and if your negative emotions are decreasing.
How often should I use the Neurocog app?
Aim to use the Neurocog app for at least 15 minutes a day. Try and set aside the same each day to spend on the app.