Walk Away from the Problem
Life is full of problems, from little ones to
big ones. Sometimes the problems can seem overwhelming and create
stress and frustration. Trying to solve a problem is not always
easy, as it may seem like the answer will never be found. In
times when the problem is just too much to deal with, I have
found that it is best not to. Walking away from the problem
can be the best answer to finding a solution and saving your
As I was dealing with a computer problem I found
myself getting more and more frustrated. After two hours of
trying to figure it out and several calls to technical support,
no answers were forthcoming. At one point I felt like throwing
my laptop computer across the room. Thank goodness I still had
enough sanity left to know that wasn't going to help matters.
So I walked away from the problem. Instead of trying to tough
it out I went and cleaned my kitchen. I figured a little physical
activity would at least help release steam.
And you know what? While I was up to my elbows
in Lysol I figured it out. I remembered that something similar
had happened several months ago and how I fixed it then. After
finishing up in the kitchen I went back to the office and viola!
The answer that had come to me was the right one. Walking away
helped me clear my mind so I could think.
I have read about this theory of removing yourself
from the problem and how it can help solve it. I think it is
because, when you are in the middle of the problem, it is difficult
to see the big picture let alone relax enough to allow your
brain to think. I know when I was working on my computer problem
I was so frustrated that my brain just shut down. All I could
see was the problem. I couldn't focus on anything else. The
next time you find yourself in a situation where the answer
isn't coming and the frustration is rising, walk away. Go on
a break, go to lunch, call a friend, it doesn't really matter
what you do. Just remove yourself from the situation. Giving
yourself this type of mental break will help you to relax and
be able to see the problem more clearly. Even if you don't come
up with an answer during your break, when you come back you
will be refreshed and ready to dig in with a new attitude and
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