Options for Solving Any Problem
When life presents you with problems, what are your options?
1. Solve the Problem
Change the situation . . . or avoid, leave, or get out of the situation for good.
2. Feel Better about the Problem
Change (or regulate) your emotional response to the problem.
3. Tolerate the Problem
Accept and tolerate both the problem and your response to the problem.
4. Stay Miserable
Or possibly make it worse!
1. To Problem-Solve:
Use interpersonal effectiveness skills
Walking the Middle Path (from interpersonal effectiveness skills)
Use problem-solving skills (from emotion regulation skills)
2. To Feel Better about the Problem:
Use emotion regulation skills
3. To Tolerate the Problem:
Use distress tolerance and mindfulness skills
4. To Stay Miserable:
Use no skills!