Problem Solving to Manage Stress - Topic Overview
Problem solving helps you overcome complex stressful events.
Identify all aspects of a stressful event,
including behavior, thoughts, and feelings. For example, if you have just been
laid off from your job, you need to identify:
- Behaviors, such as the need to look for another
job, earn money for your family, and make other adjustments in your
- Negative thoughts, such as "I'll never get another
- Negative feelings, such as anger and
- How your body responds, such as fatigue or difficulty
You can then find coping strategies, such as talking with others
about your feelings of anger or depression.
- Thinking of as many solutions as you can, even if
they seem very difficult to accomplish.
- Not criticizing any solution.
Evaluate your alternatives and choose the best one. When rating your solutions, take into account the:
- Likelihood of being able to carry it out and
- Cost in time and energy.
- Effect of the
solution on other people.
Act. Determine the steps you need to take and