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Using Mindfulness To Improve Problem-Solving

Using Mindfulness to Improve Problem-Solving

Although anyone can achieve mindfulness,

we differ in our ability and willingness or desire

to achieve it.  Practice does make perfect, and

over time, you can further your self-awareness. 

Being mindful involves neutrally acknowledging

one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations,

which can be rather tough at times.  If you are

able to achieve this, you can bring clarity and

positivity to your life and life experiences. 

One major benefit to mindfulness is the

improvement of problem-solving skills.

Sometimes it’s easy to let our emotions get

the best of us when facing a challenging situation,

but practicing mindfulness can help with this. 

When you are mindful while approaching a conflict,

you are receptive rather than resistant to others’

thoughts and opinions.  You are more self-aware of

your own actions and the things you say, especially

the effect those things may have on others. 

When you become mindful of others and their

feelings, you can think with a clear and respectful

thought process, allowing yourself the ability

to correct a conflict with the proper outcome.

Problem-solving isn’t just applicable in our social life;

we have to solve problems every day for work,

while driving, and even to accomplish our own

responsibilities.  In order to be mentally able to

solve everyday problems, our brain and body

have to be able to handle such situations. 

Mindfulness helps to create the space mentally

and physically that our bodies require in

overcoming these situations. 

Mindfulness meditation has been proven

to boost your performance by physically

altering your brain and its activity.  One of

the areas it helps to boost is the anterior

cingulate cortex, which is responsible for

self-control, which is an absolute necessity

when solving problems.

Mindfulness also boosts the hippocampus

part of the brain, which is responsible for

resilience in the face of setbacks.  The

hippocampus becomes damaged by stress,

affecting our ability to problem solve without

adding to the stress.  Practicing mindfulness

can clear the stress from this region and boost

your ability to find an alternative route when

dealing with setbacks.

These are just two of the many regions in the

brain that receive a positive boost when

practicing mindfulness.  It is a simple yet effective

method that can help with problem-solving.  If

you feel like you can use help with everyday problem

solving, or even the stress caused from those everyday

tasks of problem solving, then mindfulness is just for you. 

Please click here to learn more and see techniques used for mindfulness to boost your problem-solving skills.

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