According to a research, if chronic stress is weighing down your problem-solving skills, self-affirmation may give your skills a boost.
The research got published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by David Creswell and colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University.
Previous studies have shown that self-affirmation exercises can reduce acute stress, but the link between these improvements and chronic stress-related effects was unknown. In the current research, a group of students rated their levels of stress over the last month, and half the group then performed a self-affirmation exercise. Students who had completed this exercise scored significantly higher on a subsequent problem-solving task under pressure than those who had not performed the self-affirmation.