Solutions For Decision Fatigue: Stress Relief Now
I hope that given that today is Friday, the biggest choice in your decision making process is going to be how to practice managing stress effectively by making a lot of fun decisions for your enjoyable weekend! Maybe Stress Busters: 10 Great Things To Do Over The Weekend can help you with those decisions!
But we all know that all too often, decision making is anything but fun. As a response to your comments on the previous post 3 Keys To Remember Before Making Decisions, requesting that I write more about this topic, as promised, I dedicate this post to your requests.
Life is always going to be about the continuous action of making decisions. You make many decisions consciously, but often, even unconsciously, you are always making decisions. This fact means that learning how to manage stress concerning decision making, is vital.
The 1 Area We Forget In The Decision Making Process
But there’s one very major area that you might tend to neglect when considering effective stress management for your decision making process. Actually, this part of the process tends to be ignored because of its innate functioning in and throughout the decision making process.
That major area is: THE BRAIN.
But unlike the body, brain exhaustion is not as noticeable. When you feel most exhausted from even the simplest of things, that’s when you might have a case of: decision fatigue.
When this happens, it can really distort your human ability to make sound decisions. So to know how to manage stress effectively, it’s a very good idea to address brain fatigue, as well.
Many people I know, including myself, consistently experience brain fatigue, but most times, we are not even aware of it. I just know that the more selections I have to make during the course of day, the harder it gets for me to pick out best choices.
Stress Management and the Decision Making Process
As a stress management technique, you can sometimes decide to take a shortcut and do whatever comes first to your mind. Or in certain times, you might even avoid a decision as a means for relieving stress instead of occupying your brain with the fatigue required to think through the decision making process.
To tell you the truth, I’ve done this many times myself, but if you apply this strategy, it can cause more fatigue in the long run.
Do you ever get that feeling that your self-control seems to dwindle after making a series of decisions?
For example, after you’re done making the big decisions about what to buy at the grocery store, it’s those little temptations at the checkout counter that seem so easy to give in to, even if you’re on a diet.
The strain of choosing so many items on your list can seem to take away even the strongest willpower to resist temptation for many of the smaller things.
This is why having good stress management skills means finding solutions to decision fatigue.
5 Solutions for Decision Fatigue
- Make sure you start a day that is packed with decisions, eating a hearty breakfast. You might select specific “anti-stress” vitamin rich foods so that you have that extra boost to help you. (Check out: Anti-Stress Vitamin Rich Foods To Manage Stress.)
- Reschedule if need be, but make sure you don’t have the most important decisions being made late in the day, when you may have physical fatigue, which only compounds the effect of mental brain fatigue.
- A realistic choice that is taking the world by storm today is the idea of taking a power nap. If you cannot reschedule your decisions to the hours when you have maximum brain activity, then work around them by taking a power nap before going into the decision making process.
- Try to get out and take a brisk walk right before a big decision making experience. The oxygen to your brain will help give you the quick fix you need and keep you more alert. 20 minutes is suggested and you should walk at an upbeat pace.
- Once facing the decision making process, try eating a piece of fruit or chocolate immediately before. This too, will give you a burst of energy and help wake up your brain from brain fatigue.
Although decision fatigue has long been prevalent in our society, very few people are acquainted with it so much as to know how to avoid it and solve it. Yet, decision fatique nearly always has some role in everyone’s decision making process at one time or another.
Solutions for Decision Fatigue = Effective Stress Management
But you can start learning how to manage stress over decision fatigue and therefore, plan ahead so that it doesn’t place a detour in your objectives and outcomes.
Planning ahead of time and avoiding situations where you have to make too many decisions at the same time, when it’s concerning things you can avoid, is also a very effective way to manage stress. The decision making process is quite complex, so try not to compile too much together.
Understanding the right time to begin the decision making process will be better for you if you also take a look into your personal biorhythms. This means favoring the moments when you know that your mind is most fresh as opposed to those regular moments when you know you are likely to feel more fatigued.
By employing good stress management techniques and continually discovering how to manage stress effectively, even brain fatigue can be conquered! Decision making can be something that’s done without stress and you can actually come to enjoy the process. After all, to have so many choices available to you, is a good thing in life.
Tell us about the fatigue you’ve had with the decision making process in the comments section and quite possibly, you’ll see a post entirely dedicated to solutions for you, too!
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