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    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:

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    • Behaviors, such as the need to look for another job, earn money for your family, and make other adjustments in your life.
    • Negative thoughts, such as "I'll never get another job."
    • Negative feelings, such as anger and depression.
    • How your body responds, such as fatigue or difficulty sleeping.

    You can then find coping strategies, such as talking with others about your feelings of anger or depression.

    Brainstorm by:

    • Thinking of as many solutions as you can, even if they seem very difficult to accomplish.
    • Not criticizing any solution.
    • Combining solutions.

    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 succeed.
    • Cost in time and energy.
    • Effect of the solution on other people.

    Act. Determine the steps you need to take and act.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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