Everyone has problems to solve. We can have minor problems to work around, or major problems that are a serious challenge to our emotional well-being. Most minor problems can be dealt with relatively easily, but sometimes major problems can be a significant challenge. If you suffer from a problem such as anxiety, you might find all problems extremely challenging to deal with.
It is important to develop a useful approach to problem-solving, because entrenched problems can cause you difficulties at home and at work and can exacerbate any underlying emotional wellness or anxiety issues that you might be dealing with.
Thankfully, taking a structured approach to problem-solving can develop good habits in this area that will make a real and very positive difference in your life. You can use the template attached to engage in conscious decision-making that will have a very positive impact. A number of steps will lead you through the process.
Before you start to use the template, you need to figure out if you really do have a problem and you need to identify it and name it. Let’s say, for example, that you are struggling to get along with your colleagues at work. Assess this contention and figure out if your perception is accurate. If it is, think about what’s going on for you. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that your colleague Robert really rubs you up the wrong way. You find him deeply annoying and you keep snapping at him. The bad relationship between the two of you is making it hard for you to do your work effectively. This is a problem, and you need to find a way to deal with it.
Now you can start to use the template!
- Think about different ways to deal with your feelings about Robert and write down all the possible solutions in the first column. You could try to get to know him better and find something to like about him or ask to be transferred to another department or branch, or quit your job, or something else. Think about all the possibilities.
- Write down all the advantages to the potential solution. For instance, if you quit your job, you’ll probably never have to see Robert again.
- Write down all the disadvantages. Maybe this isn’t a good time to quit your job and look for something new, and if you give in to your own negative feelings, you may have lost a valuable opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills and find a way to work with someone you find difficult.
- After exploring the advantages and disadvantages, pick which one seems best, or “least worst.”
- Explore what you would need to do to activate the potential solution. If you think that quitting your job would be best, do you need to save up for a few months, or find a new job first? If you decide to work on your relationship with Robert, do the two of you need to talk to HR for help in finding practical solutions to your interpersonal issues?
By carrying out this process for all the potential solutions to your problem, you will achieve a much greater degree of clarity, you will have started the process of taking control of your problem, and any associated anxiety you experience should start to wane. deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year
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Keywords; self-help; problems; problem-solving