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CHARLOTTE BOYD, air traffic controller
The big stressor Surprisingly, it's not when Boyd spots two planes near each other on her radar scope. "We have a protocol for that," she explains. But when Boyd's scope is filling up with airplanes, she needs to draw on her mental discipline and "push the anxiety away."

How she relaxes She compartmentalizes her thoughts, telling herself that she'll think about whatever's worrying her later. Boyd, who lives in Manassas, Virginia, takes her breaks in the "quiet room" set aside for controllers, where she'll spend a few minutes reading a book or magazine-"I need something that will take my mind completely off the job for a while."



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