Stop spinning your wheels — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

Stop spinning your wheels

by on
in Career Management,Workplace Communication

Any minor shift in outlook can make you less gloomy.

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a Yale psychology professor specializing in depression, has studied people’s tendency to brood when facing a problem. She found that a simple, 10-minute diversion can turn self-punishing thoughts into action.

“The quality of your problem-solving markedly improves,” she says. “When you’re ruminating, the negative thoughts are so strong that it’s hard to inhibit them. But even after a moment of distraction, those thoughts aren’t activated anymore. It’s like pressing the restart button when your computer is acting up.”

Tricking your mind into doing what it perceives as a logical, cerebral task—even something as simple as updating your calendar—can stop you from mentally spinning your wheels.

— Adapted from “Your Happiness Plan: What Really Makes People Happy,” Jessica Winter, O, the Oprah Magazine.

Leave a Comment