Zones of Regulation at ISB

Zones of Regulation at ISB

Zones of Regulation at ISB

We know that everyone experiences big feelings! At ISB we believe that big feelings are okay; what matters and what counts, is our reaction to these big emotions… 

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it” - Charles Swindol

To help our students identify emotions, recognise triggers, self-regulate and develop helpful coping strategies for managing big emotions, in Junior School we introduce and embed the four “Zones of Regulation” into the fabric of ISB. 

Here's some more about the four zones. Check out and explore our zone related stories with your children using the QR codes below:

Green Zone (Good To Go): Calm state of alertness. Being in this zone means that you are ‘calm, happy, focused and/or ready to learn’.


Girl Reading a Book


Blue Zone (Rest and Re-Energize): Low state of arousal or alertness. You may feel tired, bored, sick, sad and/ or upset.


Boy Looking Tired


Yellow Zone (Be Aware: Take Caution): Heightened sense of alertness. You may feel frustrated, anxious, nervous, even silly, hyper, and/or excited! In this zone, you are still in control of your reactions. 



Red Zone (Stop and Notice): Heightened sense of intense emotion. When here, we are no longer able to manage big feelings and reactions in the same way. We may feel rage, anger, out of control, and/or terror.



We emphasise that there is no ‘good zone’ and no ‘bad zone’. Big feelings are normal! We just need to develop helpful ways to manage each zone well. 

We encourage parents to share the language of the zones at home too. Whether this is developing a family toolbox of strategies, labelling and recognising how emotions feel in the body or developing a relaxing routine. Here's some ideas for self-regulation tools.

‘The Zones of Regulation: Exploring Emotions’ and ‘The Zones of Regulation’ are two Apps that emphasise this learning, and are worth checking out. 


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