Mental health is complex.
You know that, and I know that.
What doesn’t need to be complex, however, are the strategies you use to improve your mental health.
This one strategy just happens to deal with decision-making, but I’ve covered others in the past.
Without further ado, here’s the process I use to make decisions in a mentally healthy way.
Now, it’s not going to tell you HOW to decide. But it will inform you that a decision must be made.
1 - Ask yourself these questions: Is not making this decision hurting my quality of life? In other words, is not deciding in this situation preventing me from successfully carrying out my daily activities?
Those are the questions.
If you can honestly answer them and admit to yourself that, by not making the decision, you are not able to carry out your daily activities without massive anxiety or some other form of emotional pain, then it’s time to act.
2 - Make the decision.
That’s the end of step two.
If you were expecting more here, I’m sorry to disappoint you.
This truly is the answer.
It’s not so much about the decision you make as it is about making the decision, period.
This has been true over and over in my life.
Not deciding about the big things means that those big things boil away in your mind and steal your energy.
Making the decision sets those thoughts free.
Will you always make the right decision?
But I know with every fiber of my being that making a big decision is better than letting that big decision eat away at me for days, weeks, or months.
Follow this simple process, and you’ll cut down your decision-making time from months to days.
That’s what I’ve done.
And my mental health has thanked me for it.