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9 Things Therapists Do When They're Feeling Totally Stressed Out

Prevention Logo By Joy Terrazas of Prevention | Slide 1 of 9: <p>When you're overwhelmed by the sheer number of things on your to-do list, <a href="http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/stress-or-anxiety">rising anxiety levels</a> can make it even more difficult to focus. The result: You become even less productive, and the <a href="http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/living-with-anxiety">stress and anxiety compounds</a>, says Jeffrey S. Nevid, PhD, author of Psychology and the Challenges of Life. At these times, Nevid reverts to thinking small. "Ask yourself 'What's the one thing I need to do right now?' " he suggests. Not only will you be more productive when you focus on a single task, but it gives you a sense of accomplishment, <a href="http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/end-anxious-thoughts-challenge">reduces anxiety</a>, and helps you tackle the next job in an even better state of mind.</p>

They trash the multitasking mentality.

When you're overwhelmed by the sheer number of things on your to-do list, rising anxiety levels can make it even more difficult to focus. The result: You become even less productive, and the stress and anxiety compounds, says Jeffrey S. Nevid, PhD, author of Psychology and the Challenges of Life. At these times, Nevid reverts to thinking small. "Ask yourself 'What's the one thing I need to do right now?' " he suggests. Not only will you be more productive when you focus on a single task, but it gives you a sense of accomplishment, reduces anxiety, and helps you tackle the next job in an even better state of mind.

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