Take Charge - Problem Solving


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Problem Solving Guidance and Reflective Diary

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Problem Solving Templates

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Problem Solving Example

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they canít find them, make them. "

We all come across problems. Sometimes theyíre solved easily and quickly with very little thought, other times, a quiet space to think is needed, and perhaps the trusted viewpoint from someone close. Sometimes a problem seems so big and complex that it can feel overwhelming and unmanageable - we donít know where to start or what to do.

This exercise is a step-by-step guide to finding your own solutions to a problem. Take from it what is helpful to you.

Wellbeing benefits:

Problem solve
Think clearly
Improve decision making

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to learn new ways of tackling problems, which can help both at work and home.
I want to be more confident in the decisions that I make. 


This exercise takes about 40 minutes to complete, though it may take a little longer initially. Don’t let that be a put off. As with all new things, the more we practice, the more skilled we become, which not only makes it quicker and easier to do, but can be a good confidence booster too. Don’t feel it has to to be completed it all in one go.


We recommend choosing a small, manageable problem to begin with until you become more familiar with the exercise. 
There will be examples to guide along the way.  

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with a friend.

Where can I do this activity?

A relaxing place, indoors or out.

How often can I do this activity?

Use this step-by-step guide to find solutions to any problem.

What do I need?

  • A print off of the problem solving templates or A4 lined or plain paper - the templates are simple to copy from the screen
  • Example Problem Solving PDF
  • A pen/pencil

Did you know?

Acknowledging and praising the positive action we have taken, even if the problem is not yet fully solved can highlight progress that we have made.
Solving problems using our creativity can help to improve our mood and help us to feel strong and empowered.

"I found doing this really useful as it helped to break down the problem and come up with realistic solutions"

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