The 5 Steps of Problem Solving
Sometimes, we have the best intentions for practicing a healthier lifestyle, but something unexpected gets in the way. This week, we are going to address some common roadblocks using the five steps of problem solving.
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Step 1: Describe the Problem in Detail *
Describe one roadblock you recently faced/are facing when it comes to your health. Be specific. Think about the chain of events (i.e. circumstances, behaviors, actions) that led to the problem. Take note of thoughts and feelings that may get in your way. For example, in the video, Nancy's description of her problem was that she was so busy during and after work that she did not leave time to eat. When she got home, she binged on food in a way that was not very nourishing for her mind or body.
Step 2: Brainstorm Your Options *
Start with the chain of events you described in Step 1. Match each event with a possible option or two to overcome it. (For example, one event could be "I was so busy yesterday that I forgot to eat." One possible option to overcome it could be to "Carry snacks with me and check my hunger level every two hours. If my hunger level is below 4, that is my sign to eat a snack; I will make meal and snack times a priority.")
Step 3: Pick One Option to Try *
Now that you have come up with possible options to overcome your chain of events, it's time to choose one option. Weigh the feasibility of each option you listed in Step 2 above. List one option that you feel you will be able to do and is likely to work:
Step 4: Make a Positive Action Plan *
Now,  for the option you chose to try in Step 3, write down specifically what you will do to try to make that option work, when you plan to try it, any possible challenges you may face, and what you might be able to do to overcome these challenges.
Step 5: Try it!
Put your plan into action over the course of this week! At the end of the week,  ask yourself 1.) Did it work?  2.) If not, what went wrong?  3.) What can I do next time to make it better?  4.) What's another option I can do if this plan doesn't work? Remember to give yourself grace and flexibility; don't be too hard on yourself! We can talk about how trying out your plan went during our weekly chat at the end of the week.
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