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Let’s face it: Keeping your cool isn’t always easy, especially when you’re confronted with co-workers stealing your yogurt from the office fridge, toddler meltdowns in the checkout aisle and flashy cars cutting you off on the freeway. Lifestyle blogger Eric Barker interviews a US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team leader who, inarguably, knows how to stay calm when faced with “the most intense pressure imaginable.” Barker discusses ways to analyze problems, stay calm and move from fear to positive action. getAbstract recommends this article to everyone interested in learning techniques for dealing proactively with stressful situations.

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Eric Barker is the author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree, a science-based lifestyle blog.



What’s the secret to managing stressful situations? Research on the subject abounds, but what matters most is which techniques actually work. No one can answer that question better than a man who spends his life managing life-or-death situations: a US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team leader (he requested anonymity for security reasons).

When an EOD expert finds himself faced with an explosive device, the first thing he must do is avoid going down “the rabbit hole” – that is, succumbing to the “what ifs” your brain generates when stressed. Likewise...

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