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Self-Affirmation Helps to Improve Problem Solving

Posted 12/10/2014 | By HealthCorps

Mental training can affect the ability to cope with stress, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Self-Affirmation can reduce the stress associated with problem-solving.

What is Self-Affirmation? It’s a process in which a person reflects on his or her own personal values and why he or she holds these values dear. People who engage in this kind of reflection reinforce their sense of self-worth. This in turn helps to buffer the impact of stress on their health and their problem-solving abilities. (PLOS One (2013;8 [5] e62593)

Brief mindfulness meditation, 25 minutes a day, for three days can help to reduce the perception of stress during challenging tasks (Psychoneuroendocrinology 2014;doi:10.1016/j.jpsyneuen.2014.02.007). This is the first study to document just how much time needs to be spent on this kind of meditation in order to achieve stress reduction.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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