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Make Life A Bit Easier With These Simple Tips

If you want good mental health, you need to know how to approach the problems that come your way. Problems are inevitable in life; from conflict with your next-door neighbor, to hospitalization when you have zero funds, expect fate to dish out your fair share of challenges. Which is not necessarily a bad thing; imagine how boring life would be if everything goes exactly the way you envision it. Problems are what add spice to life!

The good news is: you need not handle problems with an empty armory. When life hands you lemons, consider the following problem-solving techniques that can make your life easier:

The Crystal Ball Technique. One way you can come up with solutions to your problems is by asking yourself: “If I have a crystal ball that can see into the future, a future where my problem has been solved, what would the crystal ball show?” Done properly, your imagination can give you an idea of what it takes to get towards your desired goal. For instance, if your problem is how to help your spouse recover from depression, then imagine a world where he or she is happy, content and able to work without suffering a nervous breakdown. And then ask yourself: what’s the difference between your current situation and your imagined one? The answer will provide you the solution to your dilemma!          

Pros vs. Cons.  When you’re really stumped trying to figure out what to do, you’d lose nothing by bringing out a piece of paper divided into two columns. Come up with options and weigh the pros and cons of each. Identify the pros that you deem as really important, and the cons that you can’t simply by-pass. This technique seems tedious at first, but once you see everything written down, expect your head to become a lot clearer!

Repeat what works. When coming up with solutions, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Identify what has worked before, and check if you can apply your effective solutions to your present concern. You need not follow your tried and tested formula to the letter; you can tweak it to make room for the unique aspects of your present problem. But at least you can breathe a little easier knowing your solution has a proven high probability of success.

Survey. Whoever said that every solution has to come from your head? Relieve some of the pressure of problem-solving by asking friends, family, peers and even experts in the field what they think. Hey, this is the age of connectivity! Getting someone else’s opinion on things can be as simple as signing up to a web message board.

Do the “what if…” exercise. This technique is most applicable when you feel stumped by an obstacle you keep seeing on your way. When you find yourself going “No, that won’t work” or “No, it can’t be done,” then it’s time to open your mind up. Convinced that your target market will not be interested in your latest innovation? Then start asking yourself: “What if I can get them interested?” You’d be surprised at how many ideas will come to your mind once you stop telling yourself that something is impossible.

Analyze what’s wrong with your previous attempts. Lastly, a good way to solve problems is to study everything you’ve done so far. In your attempted solutions lie the key to what works and what don’t. What made your previous solutions fail? Okay, so what should be in your new solution so that the failure will not be repeated? Was there anything about your previous attempts that yielded positive results, even temporarily? If yes, how can you use that knowledge to improve your plan of action? Sometimes the way to go forward is to first look behind.

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