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Using a problem-solving process helps to reduce mistakes and avoid making the same ones over and over.

You do mental problem solving all the time. Using a process such as I.D.E.A.L. helps you to think about your options. Problem solving rarely takes an  ideal  pathway. But avoiding problems doesn't usually make them disappear.

Problem Solving Using I.D.E.A.L.

Using I.D.E.A.L. can help you see less obvious solutions. When a problem has the potential for big impact on your life or your relationships, and answers are not clear-cut, it helps to take a step back and write your thoughts down.

I
Identify the problem: 
What's happening here?
Talk over the situation with yourself. Consider your feelings, and the feelings of others. Are they intense? Do you need to cool down first?
D
Describe possible solutions
You may want to discuss the problem with trusted friend, parent or teacher, to get their ideas. For information about professional help, call Peel Public Health.
E
Evaluate the consequences of each option... positive and negative. Which option(s) fit with what you believe in or think is important?
A
Act
Choose a solution and try it.
L
Learn
Did it work? Why? Why not? What other options could you try? What did you learn about yourself?

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