Not tackling an issue head on and taking the rabit's hole to go about it will create several symptoms to the scenario. Instead tackle the root cause and cut down the time and energy spent in solving an issue. Stress is a huge factor in difficult situations, it cuts short our efficiency to solve problems. So stay calm and keep and open mind while confronting issues.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is able to address so many different issues that it is difficult to mention them all in a short blog. The general categories are physical, mental and emotion(and for some, spiritual even though I teach the secular version) and apply to health issues as well as learning, performance, leadership and just about every other kind of experience. When learning mindfulness one of the first things we address is the attitude of non striving. We are not trying to change anything, rather we are opening up to the full experience of what is happening in the present moment. Of course we really are trying to change things and make things better in some way for us.
The paradox in mindfulness is that the harder we try to change things the more they stay the same or get worse.
The Stress Factor:
Stress plays a huge role in preventing us from reaching our full potential. When we go into a stress reaction there is a tendency to disconnect as a protective mechanism. We are actually hard wired to disconnect in these situations. The real problem occurs when we get stuck in the disconnect of fight or flight. As a result of this disconnection we go down the rabbit hole and experience the sequence of dis-attention, disconnection, dis-communication, dis-regulation, disorder and disease. This has been demonstrated in numerous studies and speaks loudly of the ramifications of unresolved stress. All of the issues that come up as a result of this sequence are merely symptoms, not causes. As we all know, the most effective way to address an issue is by addressing the cause, not the symptom. The cause is the disconnection not the issue/issues.
In mindfulness the practice is about paying attention moment by moment to whatever is happening regardless of the quality of the experience.