With the multitude of different stresses that we are all confronted with from time to time in everyday life, it’s hardly surprising that we so commonly find ourselves regularly making decisions from a place of stress and anxiety.
On some intuitive level, it’s probably fair to say that most people realise that there are benefits to making daily decisions from a place of calm and balanced perspective – but unless you are consciously looking for ways to establish equilibrium on a daily basis, it’s quite likely that you will find yourself struggling.
Here are a few of the benefits of calmer daily decision-making – to serve as motivation for finding more calm in your everyday life.
The calmer you are, the more likely you will be to find solutions when things seem dire
There are many devastating situations that can occur in life, that can seem completely insurmountable at first glance.
In every case, your best chance of coming up with reasonable and effective workarounds and solutions to those issues will be to approach the situation from a position of rational calm.
Often, there will be something that you can do to either resolve or work around the issue, or to at least mitigate the damage done by it, and to ensure that things don’t spiral further down into a state of turmoil and mayhem.
If you haven’t been able to get pregnant, for example, there may well be IVF options that will work for you, but that will require calm and level-headed consideration before you can proceed.
Excessive stress and anxiety leads to rasher and more panicked decisions
When you are excessively stressed and anxious, your decision-making process will always be rash and panicked, and will involve a lot of distorted thinking and an inability to properly see the bigger picture.
When you are stressed, your body’s fight or flight system is activated, and your natural impulse will be to make the fastest change you can to reduce or cope with the sense of threat. Often, however, that kind of split-second decision will only lead to more and bigger problems and complications further down the line – while often being ineffective at solving the current problems you are faced with, as well.
When you are excessively stressed, you will likely act in ways that spread stress and fear to the people around you
A major part of handling the challenges of everyday life, lies in managing your interpersonal interactions as well as you possibly can.
Unfortunately, when you’re excessively stressed, there is a very high likelihood that you will act in ways that will spread stress and fear to the people around you. You will likely be emotionally unstable, will lash out at people who don’t deserve it, and will create the general impression that there is a lot to panic about, all things considered. You need to remain calm as best you can, especially if you need to talk to children about the tough topic at hand.
This, then, can result in a negative feedback loop where you end up becoming continually more stressed as a result of seeing the people around you becoming more stressed.
None of this leads to good individual or collective decision-making, and it can severely impede the harmony of the household.