How to improve your problem solving ability while under stress

How to improve your problem solving ability while under stress

One’s ability to solve problems under stress and think creatively is greatly reduced, and the research is now showing us why this is happening and how we can improve both our problem solving and creative thinking ability. The Science Daily in this weeks news says:

New research from Carnegie Mellon University provides the first evidence that self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance. Understanding that self-affirmation — the process of identifying and focusing on one’s most important values — boosts stressed individuals’ problem-solving abilities  will help guide future research and the development of educational interventions.  To read more go here.

“People under high stress can foster better problem-solving simply by taking a moment beforehand to think about something that is important to them,” Creswell said. “It’s an easy-to-use and portable strategy you can roll out before you enter that high pressure performance situation.”

Do you know what your values are?  Have you taken time to do a values sort and work out how you are living into your values every day? It might be time to work out what it is you really value to help with your problem solving ability.  Need help working that out?  Email or call me to assist you with living a live that is congruent with your values.

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