Learning how to be a good problem solver can help you and your service member/veteran cope with stress and reduce anxiety. Therapists will often work closely with your service member/veteran to improve problem-solving skills. The following simple problem-solving steps can be effective in helping to break down problem solving into a more manageable task. Writing down the answers can be helpful and allow the person to better “see” options. Reinforcing use of this technique is one way you can help with problem solving, both in the rehabilitation setting and when you get home.
- Identify the problem. If the problem has many parts, break it down into one problem at a time.
- Brainstorm solutions. Think of as many possibilities as you can.
- Evaluate the alternatives. Consider the pros and cons of each possibility.
- Choose a solution — the one that seems to fit best for you.
- Try the solution out.
- Evaluate the solution. If it didn’t work, try another solution until you find the one that works.