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Lesson 5: Making Positive Choices

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Julie Arostica

on 11 March 2015

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Transcript of Lesson 5: Making Positive Choices

Activity
Write problem that you have at school (or make one up) on a sticky note. Do not put your name on it. Your presenter will collect them, shuffle them and redistribute them. Using the "Problem Solving Steps", do your best to come up with ideas on how to solve the problem.
Lesson 5: Problem Solving
Stress Number Line
_______________________________________1 10
Good Stressed

PROBLEM SOLVING
One way to deal with stress is by problem solving. It is an important skill for mental health because problems that don't go away can take a toll on our well being. If a problem isn't solved, it can turn from a small problem into a big problem.
Problem Solving Steps
Write Down a Problem:
What is Your Automatic Reaction to Stress?
Pictures of the brain show that adolescent's brains function differently than adults when decision making and problem solving
In this lesson, we will focus on the problem solving formula
This person's reaction is being guided by the amygdala, not the prefronal cortex
One way to think about a stressful situation is to think of it as a problem that can be solved
Get used to taking your emotional temperature or thinking of how stressed you are on a scale of one to ten. This helps us to see patterns in our stress so that we can problem solve solutions
What Strategies Can You Use To Help You Relax?
Problem Solving Steps
1.
Choose
to have an optimistic attitude about the problem.
2.
Find out
what stressors, if any, can be removed
3.
Identify
what you can change and what you can't
4.
Identify who can help you
without making the problem worse
Identify a goal and some simple steps that can help you get there.
Solving a problem involves breaking it down into steps
Handout: Problem Solver Handout
Class Discussion
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