What is Behavioral Regulation? And How Does it Affect Well-Being?
What is Behavioral Regulation?
Behavioral regulation refers to your ability to resist using unhealthy behaviors to regulate emotion. Sometimes people use behaviors like eating, drinking alcohol, or self-harm to reduce negative emotions, but these types of behaviors end up doing more harm than good and don’t end up making these people any happier.
Why is it important to have this skill?
When you use unhealthy behaviors to change your emotions, you never learn how to change your emotions in healthy ways. You become reliant on that extra beer or chocolate dessert to make you feel better and you can even end up developing unhealthy addictions. But by learning behavioral regulation, you can reduce your reliance on these unhealthy behaviors.
Activities to develop this skill: