URMC / Employee Assistance Program / News & Events / UR Medicine EAP Blog / December 2017 December 2017 Learn to Be More Attentive The ability to focus (or be attentive) is a powerful skill. It’s a key to high productivity, but it’s also a difficult skill to master because it requires fighting distractions, which are always “here and now.” Alone for the Holidays? Alone for the holidays? Many people are fine being alone for the holidays. But if loneliness is an ongoing issue, don’t accept it as “your fate” or something you “need to get used to.” Getting Out of the Worry Loop Worry is similar to an autoimmune response—attacking your thoughts with negative self-talk, frightening images, and fear. Why the Sunday Night Blues? When Sunday night arrives, are you experiencing dread about going to work the next day? Is it because you don’t like your job, or could it be depression?