problem solving tool is a simple but useful tool for helping
you to deal with difficulties you may be experiencing. It
is a basic problem solving technique that focuses on solutions
and promotes empowerment and independence.
Identify the source of your anxiety
‘What is it that is making me feel the way I do at the
Generate choices about what you can do to make things better
‘What can I practically do to sort this problem out?’
This will help you to feel in control again.
Take immediate action
‘What can I do about this NOW?’
People tend to feel better when they’ve done something
about a problem – they are less likely to feel like
Appraise the effectiveness of your actions
‘Has this worked for me? Have I reacted better than
what I usually would?
If it hasn’t worked – go back to stage 2 and try
again until it does.
If at stage 4 it hasn’t worked – go back
to stage 2 and try again until it does.