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Use "Distancing" to Think Calmly Under Pressure

There is another kind of distancing worth knowing about: "distancing" as a job skill, and a means of functioning well under pressure. Distancing is the mental task of separating oneself emotionally from severe interactional stress (e.g., a verbally irate customer) so you maintain focus on a task. (Navy Seals learn this skill.)

To develop the distancing skill, take a deep breath when under pressure; acknowledge the situation ("Okay, the pressure’s on. I can do this."); challenge yourself to be calm and visualize calmness; and focus on positives and the temporary nature of the event. Employers value workers who can perform well under pressure. Now you know how to do it.

UR Medicine EAP is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 10/22/2020

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