Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
It is powerful tool to counter and solve certain problems we face in our daily lives. It only matters the ways to reach the possible best solution of the problem and minimizing its effects. As mindfulness depends upon how one’s mind react and approach a problem, so there may be many possible ways to reach the dedicated solution.
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Here are some ways to reach the solution using mindfulness:
Put negative feelings or thoughts into words. Describe your feelings as concisely as possible; don’t engage in a long conversation about the details of the emotion. This allows you to objectively state your thoughts without getting hung up on the emotions surrounding the core problem and without letting your emotions cover the intensity of real problem.
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Understand that your beliefs are sometimes driven by emotion. They are subconscious, automatic thoughts that can be illogical, invalid, or biased. Believing that you can make certain errors in understanding and proposing a solution. This plays an important role in the problem solving as you become conscious to understand the possibility of errors and take steps with extreme care rather than busting right to solution without proper evidence.
Know to Compromise:
Accept that your perception is limited. Your understanding of the situation is only one side of the story. Try to interpret the situation differently, change its meaning, or view it from another person’s perspective. Sometimes you have to compromise on the decisions that may show you as somehow not in control but still proposes the best possible solution to the problem. Compromising on your self-esteem and thinking of solving the problem on higher scale, that is what matters at the end every time.
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Take Opinion of others:
Once you’ve shared your feelings about the situation, allow others to do the same. By this you will know how other approach this situation and may suggest a possible better and more accurate solution to the problem.
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Use a Bridge:
It is helpful to have a mediator involved if tensions are high. The mediator is there to create an environment that is conducive to open communication, ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard. Communication and as already said expression plays a major part in the solution to a problem. It is always advised to use as a third party to ensure that situation remains intact and in order. Just to ensure that possible contact may not give birth to further problems it is always wise to consider involving a mediator to work out the environment.
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Break the problem down into smaller pieces:
Solving a problem can sometimes seem overwhelming and impossible. To decrease anxiety, think more clearly and break the problem down. Identify the different parts it consists of. Then figure out one practical solution you can take for each of those parts. Use those solutions.
They may not solve the whole problem immediately. But those solutions can get you started and might solve a few pieces of it.
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Find the opportunity and/or lesson within the problem:
I have found that there is always a positive side to a problem. Perhaps it alerts us of a great way to improve our relations or teaches us how our lives perhaps aren’t as bad as we thought.
Finding this more positive part of the problem reduces its negative emotional impact. You may even start to see the situation as a great opportunity for you.
When you are faced with a problem ask yourself:
What is the good thing about this?
What can I learn from this?
What hidden opportunity can I find within this problem?
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At the end conclude your solution in the best way possible and make sure to double check and ensure that it doesn’t end up creating anymore problems rather than solving them.
Happy problem solving! 🙂