Oct 072013
Stress hinders problem solving

Stress can hinder problem-solving thinking. Photo by David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net

After succumbing to a day full of stress, many individuals will lay in bed with racing thoughts. Their bodies are relaxing but the mind can be in ‘over-drive.’ Then right before sleep comes, an amazing thing happens! The stress is lifted and the subconscious mind is able to give us answers to our problems! The trick is you have to listen for it.

It’s when the mind starts to relax is when the answers come! Unfortunately, we are so tired and sleepy at that time that we drift off to sleep without ‘listening’ to the answers.

Many of us have trouble falling asleep and in some people it could be diagnosed as insomnia. This event is usually caused by stress. The stress of the day or week infiltrates our thoughts at the very time we try to relax. We go over the events of the day trying to make sense of things. These events play ‘over and over’ in our minds (repetition) staving off our much-needed slumber.

Stress diverts the answers

Before falling asleep, we allow our emotions to direct our train of thought giving rise to the repetitive thoughts (or fantasy thinking). That stress makes it difficult for rational thinking or problem-solving thought processes to occur.

The dilemma is our emotional biases from our thought processes. That bias confounds our rational thinking diverting the mind from exploring the feasible options to our problems.

In other words, we are so busy thinking about the emotional aspects of the day’s events that we fail to relax and clear our minds. It is during this juncture the answers will come to us. Unfortunately, by the time we do clear our minds, we fall asleep. We ‘skip’ the peaceful interval which allows our subconscious minds to give us the answers we need.

Individuals can think ‘clear’ when the stress is lifted.

Have you ever had an answer to a problem just come to you out of nowhere? It’s like a light-bulb going off in your head? That happens when we least expect it because we are not thinking about the problem. You may be doing a mundane task and ‘forget’ to think about your problems. When we are not thinking about it, the stress is lessened and allows for rational thinking.

Sometimes, we just need to stop thinking to get the answers we need.