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Don’t let upsetting remarks affect your focus

How to stay focused and avoid becoming upset by chance remarks or disagreements at work

How to stay focused and avoid becoming upset by chance remarks or disagreements at work

My partner Sarah recently came home after a long day on the medical ward where she works. Usually her responses to questions about her shift centre on the predictable themes of being short-staffed and rushed off her feet – a conversation that is no doubt echoed around the country.

But on this particular day her mood was different, and I knew something was irking her. After a glass of wine she began to open up. It turned out that a colleague’s flippant remark during morning handover had unsettled her all shift, making it harder for her to concentrate and truly be there for her patients.

This fellow nurse hadn’t said or done anything wrong, they simply had opposing yet passionate views on something completely unrelated to

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