You may have often tried to face problematic situations head on in order to get them done and over with as quickly as possible, however, this doesn’t work all the time. When it comes to facing multiple conflicts, the Huffington Post reports that it may be best to take your mind off them for the time being.

Researchers from the University of Toronto surveyed college students who juggled school, work, family, and other social responsibilities. The participants were asked about how they felt about their obligations, how much priority conflict they had to face, and how they coped with their responsibilities.

The results revealed that dissatisfaction may rise from attending to one priority and sacrificing another priority. Say one is supposed to attend her sister’s birthday party, but has to cancel out due to work.  She is then more likely to feel less satisfied and even furious with her job.

However, the trial also showed that those who used avoidance strategies, such as not dwelling on problems and diverting their attention to something else, handled their conflicts better and were more satisfied with all their obligations.

Researchers highlight that what makes these avoidance strategies work is not because they promote escapism, but because they give individuals a much needed break from their problems. 

“We found that while wishing for your problems to magically disappear is counterproductive, the process of taking your mind off the problems at hand actually helped people manage multiple role responsibilities and increased their satisfaction,” study author Bonnie Cheng explains.

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