Your willingness and ability to solve problems as a teen has a significant effects on how you feel, and largely determines whether or not you become frustrated, avoidant, or even depressed. In some instances, the solutions are pretty obvious. Actually, you might already know what you need to do to fix the issue at hand and you have the skills to do it.
In other instances, the solutions are unclear and you’ll need to consider lots of possible options before you can find the best one. No wonder parents should make it the norm to teach problem solving skills for teens. Having said that, this article examines how teens can use skills to logically solve a problem.
Focus on Solutions
Working through an issue one step at a time can make you aware of lots of possible solutions you might have never thought about. This, in turn, increases your likelihood of getting what you want and helps you to feel more in control. Of course, there is nothing wrong with getting ideas and alternative perspectives from other people like family members and friends as it could also work to your advantage.
Always be Specific
It is worth noting that vague descriptions can lead to vague solutions. Without being specific, you will find that a whole lot of issues are all tied in together. When this happens, it is highly recommended that you try to separate the problems so that you can work on each problem separately.
You should also put it into practice for things to work in your favor. Take it upon yourself to write down the problem and all the specific ways that you’re affected by it. This is the ideal time to get clear about what you are currently facing. Try as much as possible to focus on the things you can do, rather than what you would like to see happening.
Remember to focus on realistic goals within your control for each problem you identified. That way, you will always have an easy time while tackling each issue.