New York, Sep 18: Are you worried? Don’t worry one easy way to handle the tension without placing yourself under undue stress.
Express your feelings on a sheet of paper to keep your brain cool and perform the stress-inducing task more efficiently, finds a study.
According to researchers, due to expressing you are muti-tasking, trying to monitor and suppress your worries at the same time.
“Our findings show that if you get these worries out of your head through expressive writing, those cognitive resources are freed up to work toward the task you’re completing and you become more efficient,” said lead author Hans Schroder, doctoral student at Michigan State University (MSU).
Previous research has shown that expressive writing can help individuals process past traumas or stressful events.
“Expressive writing makes the mind work less hard on upcoming stressful tasks, which is what worriers often get ‘burned out’ over, their worried minds working harder and hotter,” added Jason Moser, Associate Professor at MSU.
“This technique takes the edge off their brains so they can perform the task with a ‘cooler head’,” Moser explained.
In the task, about half of the participants wrote about their deepest thoughts and feelings about the upcoming task for eight minutes; the other half, in the control condition, wrote about what they did the day before.
While the two groups performed at about the same level for speed and accuracy, the expressive-writing group performed the flanker task more efficiently, meaning they used fewer brain resources.