We all make hundreds of decisions each day.
Sometimes we have to make tough decisions under pressure.
Sometimes, the decision itself can cause stress.
When we are under constant stress we might rush in without all the information or put things off.
Try these tips
Prioritise your decisions - is this a big decision with serious consequences? If so, spend some time making that decision instead of less important decisions.
Know your timeframe - think about the amount of time you need to spend making the decision. When does it need to be confirmed? What do you need to know to be well-informed? What information can you get in the timeframe you need? Keep in mind that delaying or avoiding a decision is making a decision not to act.
Consider your options - think through the benefits and impacts of each.
Make the most of your support network - it can be helpful to discuss your options with professionals or trusted family and friends. They may have information or knowledge to assist you in making the decision.
It's important to evaluate our decisions and to be flexible if things change or we find new information. It can help to put together a plan to monitor the situation and to reassess a few weeks or months down the track.
If we find that our original decision wasn't the most beneficial, it's important to remember the decision made was the best at the time with the available information. Instead we could invest out energy into putting actions in place to change direction.
If you are having trouble making decisions and find that it is affecting your day-to-day life, it might be time to talk to someone who can help.
Where to get help
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) - contact your local RAMHP coordinator Orry Berry on 0409 834 501 or email Orry.Berry@health.nsw.gov.au.
Please note, Orry is not a clinician but he can help link you to the most appropriate services in your area during business hours.
Or head to the RAMHP website for information and helpful resources at www.ramhp.com.au/downloadable-resources.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
If you have any concerns about yourself or a loved one, please contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 for advice.