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Activities That Can Enhance Our Problem-Solving Skills

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Problem-solving is an essential skill for all humans because we face problems and challenges each and every day of our lives. Everyone is raised with the ability to analyze problems and come up with solutions. But, there are questions and challenges in life that can be bigger than others. So, it is important for us to keep our brain sharp and better our problem-solving skills. Here are some activities that help us do just that.

Puzzles

Puzzles and strategy games like Sudoku, chess, crossword, and even the Rubik’s cube have been able exactly for sharpening our problem-solving skills. The mechanics of each puzzle requires a good amount of strategic-thinking for us to be able to complete them. Hence, we get to sharpen our problem-solving by figuring out the patterns and applying the mechanics accordingly.

Escape rooms

It is said that one the most challenging escape rooms in Singapore is LOST SG as the amount of problem-solving required to succeed is immense. Well, escape rooms have typically been built around coming up with solutions to certain puzzles and problems and the overall skill of problem-solving. So they, no doubt, improve our ability to analyze and solve problems.

Sports

It is already known that engaging in physical exercise and sports does marvels for the brain. There are many sports that can enhance problem-solving.

  • Soccer – soccer (or any fast-paced sport really), prompts our brain to all at once analyze, strategize, and command our body to do the most optimal actions for us to perform well. Therefore, we don’t only exercise the body, we also give our mind a workout.
  • Golf – people might not think of it, but successfully getting the ball in the hole requires a lot of strategic-thinking. You have to consider the wind, the distance, the type of club your using, and many other factors.

Sleep

Save yourself the questions, yes, sleeping is an activity! And getting enough sleep can bring a lot of benefits to our overall health. When we get enough sleep, we allow our brains time to rest and repair cells and nerves that are essential for creative and innovative processes. When we enter the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) state as we sleep, it allows our brain to make more connections that can positively affect our memory and analyzing capabilities.

Meditation

Our ability to solve problems can often be restrained by anxiety, lack of confidence, distracting thoughts, and etc. When we meditate, we become more in tune with ourselves and become calmer and more at peace. Meditation frees the mind of stress and anxiety, allowing us to get rid of or mitigate these mental obstacles. This then, results to a fresh and sharper mind that enable us to think more critically and helps us control our emotions and impulses.

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