Problems need attention. They need to be nurtured.
If problems don’t receive the care that they demand, they can become worse than before.
For instance, money problems. If someone has a problem of spending too much and they don’t tend to it, their finances can get out of whack.
Then, if problems get out of whack, they can spill into other problems.
For instance, money problems that get out of whack can interfere with work problems, family problems, health problems, relationship problems, etc.
Then there’s the dilemma of helping other people with their own problems.
If someone has a problem and they come to you for help, all the while you’ve got problems of your own, it can be overwhelming!
Which is exactly why it’s important to take a break.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, there’s the problem of our thoughts.
The thoughts that we have with ourselves, usually reflect our circumstances in the moment.
Rather than working on the problem(s) with a stressed out and upset perception, come back to it when you’re ready.
It doesn’t help the problem any if we are tackling it with a biased perception.
"...Taking a break and focusing on something else gives the mind some time to release its fixation on the same solutions and let the old pathways fade from memory. Then, when you return to the original problem, your mind is more open to new possibilities." David Burkus
Brief mental breaks can actually help the problem.
This sounds counterintuitive especially since the first line of this article says to give problems attention.
However, it’s the kind of attention that matters.
Give problems the care that they need.
Care and consideration when you’re ready.
Believe it or not, the answer will [sometimes] arrive only after we’ve stopped looking for it – Jonah Lehrer.