Emotional regulation among healthcare professionals 4 minutes Medical professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, etc.) face problems in their daily life that affect their mental health. Sometimes it can be difficult not to fall prey to the emotional and professional burden of treating patients with severe illnesses.
Emotional regulation among healthcare professionals helps them to reaffirm the usefulness of their emotions and the transient nature. It also helps them cope with the effects of their thoughts, ensuring that they don’t fall prey to emotional attachment.
General emotional regulation includes the ability to recognize, manage, and control your emotions. In psychology, it is defined as a basic process of emotional intelligence that is critical to developing good communication skills, which is essential when working with patients.
Process of emotional regulation
To be able to practice emotional regulation in healthcare work, you must first understand what the process entails. Emotional regulation training is “the ability to be open to both pleasant and unpleasant emotions” (Fernandez, 2010).
Ervias’s Model for Emotional Regulation Based on Emotional Processing (2011) has divided this process into different tasks or steps to be performed. to succeed with this regulation:
- Transparency. To define, experience and express your own feelings.
- Emotional attention. The ability to recognize and be aware of your feelings.
- Label or identify emotions and “name” them.
- Acceptance or acceptance of the emotions you are experiencing. </ / Li>
- Analysis. Reflect and understand the meaning and consequences of emotions.
- Emotion regulation.
Relationship between thought and feeling
There is a relationship between emotions and thoughts. They complement each other, and if one fails, it jeopardizes the other. This means that a negative thought that you cannot let go of affects how you feel. Likewise, negative feelings that do not reflect reality will inevitably affect your thoughts.
A typical example of this among healthcare professionals is that they think they are unable to care for a patient due to lack of time. This dissatisfaction leads to feelings of frustration, stress, or helplessness. At the same time, these feelings fuel thoughts and lead to a worsening of the situation.
The solution to this problem The problem is to take action to change the situation. But sometimes this is not possible, especially in an environment where staff have to care for patients who do not recover or patients with terminal illnesses.
Therefore, it is important to have mechanisms to help you cope with emotions. This is the only thing that allows healthcare professionals to provide quality treatment to their patients.
Stress among healthcare workers
Several studies show a negative relationship between emotional intelligence and stress in Work. In addition, research shows that more intense emotional intelligence training results in less stress and may counteract burnout. (Bajo Gallego & Gonzalez Ervias, 2014)
Benefits of Mindfulness in Patients
Mindfulness means mindfulness, which means focusing on the present and keeping it focused on what is here and now. But it is important that this is done:
- Without expectations
- Opening your mind to everything that surrounds you
- From the perspective of a student and from the mind of a beginner
It has been shown that mindfulness can increase emotional regulation. It also improves the relationship between the recipient and the health care provider. Specifically, mindfulness can:
- Improve overall well-being and reduce dysfunctional emotional states and physical symptoms in chronic conditions.
- Counteract further degradation in Alzheimer’s patients.
- Help patients suffering from stress, anxiety and depression.
- Counteract the negative effects of chronic stress in cancer patients.
- Improving physical function, body pain, general health, social function and mental health in patients with fibromyalgia.
The purpose of mindfulness is not to get rid of your thoughts without accepting them and your feelings in order to distance yourself from them. … Mindfulness can help you understand that you are only experiencing temporary emotional states that do not define you. Therefore, if you practice mindfulness regularly, you will become an expert in regulating your emotions.