How To Fight "Decision Fatigue"


Young woman comparing with two things.

Young woman comparing with two things.

I absolutely hate making decisions. I never know if I'm making the right one. I always have "buyer's remorse" after deciding. And I get stressed about making that decision. Apparently, it's called decision fatigue. Who knew it was a real thing? “Decision fatigue is when we feel extremely tired and stressed, based on the amount of decisions that we have to make,” said Larissa Humiston, MSW, LCSW, a clinical social worker. These days we're making more and more decisions that carry much more weight: visit family or not, go out to the grocery store or not, work from home or not.

When your brain is overloaded by decision making, it looks for shortcuts. One shortcut is to become reckless and act impulsively. The other is to avoid any choice and resist any change, and the worst part is that you might not even realize it’s happening. I'm more likely to avoid any choice.

So how do you help yourself?

× Focus on self-care. Take ten-minute breaks several times throughout the day. Get eight to ten hours of sleep and maintain regular schedules. Also write down your top priorities for each day and tackle those first. And remember, it’s tough out there right now. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

× Glucose-rich snack foods can also help you conserve your energy and focus better. Research shows snacks like nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, Greek yogurt and granola improve self-control and keeps your blood sugar from dipping to low.

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