Conquering Adulthood Needs Self-Control and – Awareness

Going on the voyage of adulthood can often feel like setting sail into uncharted waters as we move through the unpredictable seas of life. Along the way, we encounter storms of change, rocky shores of uncertainty, and hidden reefs of emotional turmoil. In “Mastering Adulthood,” psychologist Lara E. Fielding provides a compass and map to help overcome these challenges, offering invaluable insights into the art of emotional regulation and mindfulness. The author’s insights have been instrumental in the design of our Rudder4life Personal Development Framework, which aims to guide young adults towards becoming their best selves. Let’s explore the essence of this enlightening guide and uncover the lessons it offers to help us become emotional grown-ups:

  • Understanding Emotional Regulation: Becoming an adult entails mastering the art of self-control and the ability to adapt flexibly to life’s ever-changing circumstances. Fielding emphasises that how we think, feel, and behave moulds our personality and influences our emotional habits. At Rudder4Life, we encourage young adults to be mindful of how their thinking and feelings are the unaware habits influencing their behaviour. These habits, whether over-controlling in times of low motivation or under-controlling during moments of anxiety, profoundly impact our well-being and relationships.
  • Assessing Emotional Habits: The metaphor of a car is recommended to assess our emotions as it provides a clear picture of how past events, or “passengers,” may influence our present experiences. Just as a car carries passengers to their desired destination, our emotions are influenced by our past experiences and the people we have encountered. By examining our emotional habits and their costs, we can gain insight into our emotional landscape. For instance, some of us may reside in the symbolic castles of over-control, where we tend to suppress our emotions and avoid expressing them. On the other hand, some of us may live in villages of control, where we tend to react impulsively to our emotions and find it challenging to control them. By understanding our emotional habits and their costs, we can develop a more balanced and healthy emotional landscape, which can lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.
  • Practising Mindfulness: Help us to respond thoughtfully to life’s challenges rather than reacting automatically. This self-awareness allows us to discover the connections between different aspects of our lives, helping us to identify the patterns that shape our experiences. By accepting and observing our thinking and feelings without judgment, we can develop resilience and emotional flexibility. It helps us deal with difficult situations more effectively.
  • Exploring the Self: Internal expedition of ourselves helps to gather information to understand the enigmatic aspects of our being. By keeping a record of our emotional events and discerning patterns, we gain clarity into our triggers and automatic responses. This process of self-exploration promotes self-awareness,  gaining clarity into our triggers and automatic responses and empowers us to pilot the seas of adulthood with skill and insight.

Are you ready to take charge of your emotional well-being and become a master of adulthood? Look no further than “Mastering Adulthood” by Lara E. Fielding. Focusing on emotional control and mindfulness guides you on the path towards emotional maturity, allowing you to weather life’s ups and downs with grace and resilience.

By applying the lessons from this book, you’ll be equipped with the tools to pilot the seas of adulthood with confidence, compassion, and wisdom. Don’t delay – take the first step towards a happier and more fulfilling life today. “Mastering Adulthood” will be your beacon of guidance on this life-changing journey towards personal mastery. A must-read for young adults!

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