This handout/worksheet is used to help illustrate what emotional baselines are, how to identify them, and how to identify where your emotional baseline is.
Some believe we are born with our baselines while some think they are shaped.
Our baseline is our "normal" or typical state; how we feel generally. Having higher baselines mean it is easier to become upset and overwhelmed, and having a lower baseline means it may take more time to get upset. The peak of the curve is our anxiety/emotions at their most severe, e.g.: panic attacks.
While working through this model, it is important to discuss where baselines fall, discuss why it is important to know your baseline (e.g.: if you have a higher baseline you will need more immediate coping skills as it will take less time to get to the 'peak' of the curve), discuss what panic attacks/anxiety is and also to make a point of informing the individual that they cannot physically remain in the "peak state" forever.
This is a useful tool during psychoeducation sessions of mental health counseling and/or when explaining emotional arousal.