Stressed and need a distraction

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Being able to focus helps us succeed.

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All too often though, our focus and attention get hijacked, leaving us feeling frazzled, forgetful, and unable to concentrate. Fortunately, there are things we can do to break the cycle. You can use emotional intelligence competencies, in particular self-awareness and self-management, to improve your focus.

Constant distractions and a lack of time certainly interrupt our focus, but stress also plays a major role. Chronic stress floods our nervous system with cortisol and adrenaline that short-circuits important cognitive functions. Researchers have studied the negative effects of stress on focus, memory, and other cognitive functions for decades. The findings are consistent — short-term stress raises cortisol levels the so-called stress hormone for short periods and can jump-start our adrenalin and motivate us to perform more efficiently in response to impending deadlines.

Long-term stress, however, can lead to prolonged increases in cortisol and can be toxic to the brain. When mental and emotional exhaustion sets in, it further drains our ability to focus, concentrate, and recall information. You can use these same competencies, in particular self-awareness and self-management, to improve your focus. Too many people feel like they need to work harder when they struggle to focus. But this strategy is likely to backfire. Instead, pay attention to the causes of your stress and inability to focus and then take actions that promote improvements in the specific brain functions that drive concentration and awareness.

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Gardner and Mark Mortensen. on Emotional intelligence or related topics Stress and Productivity. Kandi WiensEd. She is also an executive coach, national speaker, and organizational change consultant. Partner Center.

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