We’re all faced with multiple decisions every day. Some are big, some are small. Some only affect us, while some might impact the people in our lives, like our children or aging parents. 

Many people don’t realize exactly how many decisions they have to make in a day until it becomes overwhelming. When you start to recognize how much you’re responsible for and how much is on your shoulders, it can feel exhausting. 

That’s where decision fatigue creeps in. 

The stress of constant decision-making can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being. But, it’s not as though you’re going to have to stop making decisions. So, what can you do to cope with decision fatigue in everyday life? 

What Is Decision Fatigue?

Decision fatigue isn’t just the idea of feeling tired or overwhelmed. Rather, it’s the idea that the more decisions you have to make, the worse your decision-making ability can become. If you have to keep choosing multiple times a day, by the time that day is over, the last few decisions you make might be done haphazardly or without much thought. You’re so mentally and emotionally fatigued that you might not be weighing out the pros and cons of the decision you make. 

While that might not lead to a problem most of the time, it can eventually lead to poor choices. You might start to procrastinate because you’re too overwhelmed with the decisions you have to make. Or, you might stop putting as much thought or care into your answers because you’re mentally exhausted. 

How to Cope with Decision Fatigue

Prioritize Your Decisions

So, how can you fight back against daily decision fatigue? Obviously, you’re not going to be able to stop decisions from popping up. So, prioritize them. Write out lists every day to get things out of your mind so they aren’t taking up space in your thought process. 

Aim to tackle the biggest decisions of the day first. Doing so will help you stay organized and give you a sense of control. As you cross those tasks off, one by one, you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment. Seeing a larger task completed can give you the motivation you need to move on to the next one without feeling overwhelmed. 

photo of a man looking out the windowStick to a Routine

We often think of the importance of routines when it comes to babies and children. They thrive on a basic understanding of what to expect each day. There’s a comfort in it. 

But, adults benefit from routines just as much. If you can’t eliminate decision-making throughout the day, think about how you can cut back. Routines are a great way to keep from making small decisions that could add up and overwhelm you. Have the same thing for breakfast each day. Pick out your clothes the night before. Choose specific times of the day to take breaks. 

These are simple acts that can make a big difference. Not only will they eliminate a few decisions each day, but they’ll give you something to look forward to. Try out a few different routines to find what works best for you. 

Practice Self-Care

One of the best ways to fight back against any kind of depression is by taking care of yourself. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. A lack of sleep can make depression symptoms even worse. Eat healthy meals, journal, practice mindfulness, and lean on your support system. 

Simple acts of self-care can make the decisions you have to make seem less overwhelming. By taking care of yourself as much as possible, you’ll give your physical and mental well-being a boost, which can help you prioritize your tasks, take breaks when it’s necessary, and focus on the positives in your life, rather than what’s trying to drain you. 

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