Stress Relief Tool – Unconsciously Ponder a Problem

Give your unconscious mind the opportunity to positively surprise yourself with a great solution or decision, reducing your stress in the process.

If you feel like you are burning the midnight oil trying to solve a problem, take advantage of the power of your unconscious mind to do the processing and analysis for you. To do this, think of a problem that requires creative thought, and ask your unconscious mind to work on it overnight.

Alternatively, think about a big decision you need to make that your unconscious mind can help you with. Research has shown that when we switch off from consciously thinking about the problem, our unconscious mind takes over and is a very effective creative thinker and decision-maker.1

This is how you do it:

  1. Write the problem or decision down on a piece of paper or on your electronic device.
  2. Read it out loud and ask your unconscious mind to take over from your active mind and work on it overnight.
  3. In the morning, review what you wrote and see what your unconscious mind came up with.

By delegating the work to your unconscious mind, your active mind can take a break and you will naturally feel less stress. In addition, you give your unconscious mind the opportunity to positively surprise yourself with a great solution or decision.

 

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Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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