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Stop yourself worrying and feeling stressed at work...

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Using the 'Sealing The Emotional Genie Technique'.

Learning to cope with worries and difficult work issues is the key to success.

But how do you stop worrying about a situation or a difficult decision.

Researchers from the University of Singapore, Business School decided to investigate how a simple psychological technique could enhance our ability to manage negative emotions about an event or a decision that we regretted.

It is called 'Sealing The Emotional Genie'.

In their study eighty participants were asked to write about a recent decision they regretted.

Half of them were then told to seal their written recollection in an envelope.

Afterwards, the envelope participants group felt less negative about the event than control group who just handed in their recollection without an envelope. 

Two further experiments shed some light on the process.

Sealing a disturbing news story in an envelope reduced the negative emotional impact of the story and reduced participants' memory of it.

By contrast, sealing an unrelated piece of paper did not have these effects, thus showing that it's the act of containing the emotional material that's important, not the mere act of putting anything in an envelope.

Finally, sealing in an envelope a written recollection of a regretted event led participants to feel less negative about the event than simply paper-clipping the pages together - so it's not just the mere act of doing something to a written recollection, it is specifically enclosing that material that is beneficial.

What's more, this final experiment showed that the link between enveloping the material and participants' feelings was entirely mediated by their having a greater sense of psychological closure.

'We have shown that the metaphorical act of enclosing and sealing influences the memory, in the sense that the recollection of the emotional details of an event becomes weaker,' the researchers said. 'An effective way to relieve distress may be for the distressed person to seal an object related to his or her emotions in a package.'

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So in future when something is troubling you and your worried about work use your Business Emotional Intelligence to focus on those negative emotions.

Use the "Sealing The Emotional Genie Technique"

Write your worries down, put them in an envelope and seal it.

Doing so should help bring you psychological closure and help you cope more effectively with your stress at work.

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