Don’t Sweat It: Making a Big Decision

30 Jan

With all the decisions we make in a lifetime, there are bound to be some that stick with a person, for good and bad reasons. Choosing to come to college was, undoubtedly, a huge decision to make, one that may not have caused too much inner turmoil for some, but choosing the University of Arizona may have been more difficult. There are many pros and cons to factor in, such as moving away from home or potentially not moving away from home, paying for college, liking the campus, and feeling at home here. Having to sort through all the elements of a decision can leave a person feeling stretched thin, or at the breaking point. Though we have all decided that the U of A was right for us, there are still many important decision that need to be made that can cause massive amounts of stress, such as choosing a major, deciding where to live, deciding who to spend our time with, and deciding how to balance classes and all the other commitments. Here are a few tips that can help to lighten the load and make scary decisions more manageable.

1. Make a List

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When making an important decision, it is crucial that you take the time to think things over. Making a list can help give you a visual representation of the pros and cons of each decision. It can be time consuming, and you may end up with pages upon pages of notes, but at the end, you will have a better understanding of the problem as well as the options.

2. Talk it Over

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It may feel as if you are at your breaking point sometime during the process, but talking it over with someone you trust can alleviate a lot of the stress. Knowing someone is there to listen and help you make the decision can mean all the difference.

3. Just Breathe

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It may sound unimportant, but deep breathing has many positive affects on your body and mind, so don’t count it out. Deep breathing exercises provide much needed breaks for your brain and help you compose yourself before moving forward in the decision making process.

4. Walk it Off

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If you ever feel this overwhelmed, follow Dave Franco’s lead and walk it off. Take a walk to clear your head, or do something to take your mind of the stressor, and return when you are more relaxed.

5. Sleep on it

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Sleep on it. As the saying goes: do not make decisions when you are angry, and do not make promises when you are happy. When making a big decision, it is best to give your plan at least a day so that you can mull it over before taking action. Sleep is also a huge stress reliever, so don’t underestimate it.

6. Make Your Decision

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When it comes time to make your decision, don’t fret. As long as you have really thought about your choices and made the decision you believe in the most, everything will work out exactly how it is meant to. Make your decision and start looking towards the future.

7. Let Go

letgoThis is the most important thing to remember: once you make your decision, don’t look back. Looking back distracts you from the “now”. When you choose the path for you, you must put everything you have into making it work, or else it will fail. Take it from Tyler Durden – Let Go. Wait. Maybe he’s not the best example… but you get the point.

Big decisions (thankfully) don’t come along everyday, but when they do crop up, it can be difficult to make the right one. Everyone has a different way of processing information and choosing the path for them, but hopefully some of these tips will resonate with you. This process can be frustrating, but remember to take deep breaths and give yourself time to mull things over. Keep moving forward!

-Erika

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