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"STRESSED OUT ABOUT A PROBLEM?
TRY THE FOCUS-SHIFT TRICK"
Getting caught up in a problem isn't just frustratingit can literally stress you out. When you're stressed out, it's harder to think clearly. Emotional stress can send your problem-solving skills into a tailspin. The pattern becomes a self-destructive cycle--one that can have not only immediate effects, but also long-term effects on your emotional and physical health.
One way to deal with this is the "Focus-Shift Trick". Disengage from whatever is so stressful and then come back to it. Here are some suggestions as to how to do this:
· Choose something mindless such as playing solitaire or cleaning the refrigerator(?). Or do something mindful such as working a crossword puzzle or reading a chapter in a thought-provoking book. The idea is to occupy yourself with a pleasant task, which provides the energy to regroup later.
· Walk away. Literally. Exercise not only reinvigorates your body, but it also sends oxygen-rich blood surging to your brain. Research suggests that exercise might even trigger the growth of new brain cells.
· About 10 to 20 minutes is all you need to reboot your brain. Here are a few other quick fixes to try:
§ Phone a friend. Use him or her as a sounding board.
§ Reframe the problem by switching to a more positive point of view.
§ Write it down. This is a way to help you see it more clearly. Try a technique called "hot pen". Put your pen to paper and, without lifting it, write everything you can think of about the problem. Then you review and organize what you wrote. It is a good way to vent and it may help you reach a kind of clarity on a difficult issue.
§ Mentally rehearse, either to a friend or in your head. When you're prepared you're going to be a lot less anxious about it.
§ Ask for help from a trusted psychologist, psychiatrist or counselor. If the problem is work related, find out if there is a conflict resolution specialist or an employee assistance program.