The experience of doctors practicing in the current climate is stressful with increasing regulations aimed at improving quality of care. Therefore, it is not surprising they are often overwhelmed in a tug-of-war between administrators, staff, colleagues and most importantly, patients. With many doctors experiencing burnout, questions arise regarding their mental health and work-life balance.
Improving emotional intelligence can help doctors become more aware of the burden, allow them to regulate their response and develop healthy coping mechanisms. This can contribute towards improving doctor’s overall health. Further to this, recognising the impact of emotion as an individual opens a pathway to respond to these traumatic situations with patients optimally and address personal work-life balance issues.