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Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock) We’ve all had that moment when you’re working hard, absorbed in what you’re doing, only to glance at your phone and see an upsetting text. Perhaps it’s from someone you have a difficult relationship with, or it’s general bad news, or there’s a family crisis you can’t do much about. When it happens, what can you do to keep that text from derailing your day? Our brains are bad at multi-tasking “The one thing our brain doesn’t do well is multitask,” said Dr. Jud Brewer , MD, Ph.D., the executive medical director of behavioral health at Sharecare and a faculty member at Brown University. “When we’re doing something and see an upsetting text, we might start ruminating about it. If we try to go back to what we were doing originally, but keep thinking about the text, our brain has to switch tasks over and over.” This can be incredibly distracting, leading to a situation where not only are you upset about the text, but you’re also unable to properly do your work. “The working memory part of our brain can only hold a few pieces of information at once,” Brewer said. “Think of it like a computer, where there is a limited amount of RAM. Once that RAM gets filled up, the computer slows down.” This isn’t a case of us trying to fool ourselves into not thinking about the upsetting text, but rather an acknowledgment of a fact: You can’t do anything right now. […]