Trusting Your Intuition When Taking Decisions 56

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Decisions. If you think about it, life’s a series of choices we make.

In fact, at any moment of the day we’re saying one yes – to the place we’re at, the person we talk to, the offer we accept, the book we read, the topic we discuss, the task we work on.

But we’re also saying no to every other place we can be at, all the other people that are important to us, and basically anything else we could be doing.

It’s not missing out, although some people try to be everywhere and get it all done, and say yes to every opportunity… until they realize their time is limited, so is there attention and energy. Plus, they don’t really enjoy life anymore this way.

So what’s the right thing to do then?

Choose one thing to do and make sure you’re present the whole time.

Whoever it is you’re talking to right now, don’t judge him, be honest, listen and share what’s on your mind, appreciate that person and his company. Find joy.

If you’re attending an event, let go of every other place you could be visiting at the same time no matter how exciting it may sound. And just live consciously in the present moment.

But what about decision making? When we have 2 or more options and need to decide now. When there are advantages and disadvantages to both options. When we jump from one to the second and back. When we’re so confused and the final moment to decide comes.

Then, it’s time to trust your intuition.

Your inner self knows better what you truly desire, it’s just that the doubt, insecurity, perfectionism, fears, other people’s opinion and other factors distract you from clearing your mind and finding out what to choose.

But there are ways to get to the answer.

Here’s the time to mention that sometimes you’ve been overthinking for so long that there’s no way you can let go of all these ideals you’ve created in your head and take a decision. If you do, you’ll be asking yourself what it could have been if you had chosen the other option. And that will drive you insane and make you have regrets for a long time.

You don’t want that.

So let’s get back to trusting your intuition. Here are some simple ways:

First of all, make sure no one else has anything to do with it. It’s your decision to make.

Then, gather all the information you have about both options and try to be realistic. Don’t take into consideration how you feel right now, or how much time you have left, or what others expect you to do. Keep it simple. Just straight facts.

Now imagine flipping a coin. Visualize the situation in details. Decide which option is heads and which tails. Now flip it. See what’s the result. And now’s the most important moment of this vision. How do you feel about it?

If you’re relieved, you want to do that. If you’re like ‘Okay, that’s what I’ll do then.’ but don’t feel satisfied on the inside, it’s not what you truly want.

Now, don’t actually flip a coin. This vision is more powerful and authentic that the exercise itself.

You just took a decision based on your deeper desire and listening to your gut. It’s up to you whether you’ll actually go and do it now.

Have you tried this approach? What other technique do you use to make sure you take the best decision? How do you deal when it turns out to be the wrong one?

See also:

The Hidden Power in Trusting Your Gut Instincts
The Science Behind Intuition

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 28

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.

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Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.