Dealing with Stressful Decisions

Dealing with stress is a skill and something we all need to learn.

This will be even more apparent as we all make major adjustments to our working habits.

One of the key ideas of dealing with stressful situations and where decisions needs to be made, is to park it.

Park the problem, sleep on the difficult decision for maybe one or 2 nights and the solution will gradually come up to the surface from your subconscious.

Avoid making a quick and knee jerk decision in the first wave of having to deal with something – whether it is setting up a new routine for you and your family in the wake of major changes, or sorting out logistical new working practices – park the problem, sleep on it and your mind will be working out the way forwards in the background as you go about your day.

The results will be better than anything you think of in the first wave, and knowing you can park the problem and a good solution will come through, will put your mind to rest.

So do not stress…just park it.

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21 Replies to “Dealing with Stressful Decisions”

  1. Heidi B

    This is really good advice! Normally I would keep thinking about it, getting stressed and even lose sleep over this kind of decision making.

  2. Lara

    This is great advice. I tend to think about the decision I am going to make over and over again instead of allowing some ‘down time’ and parking the problem. I will definitely be using this advice!

  3. Rachael

    Great advice and a lovely way of phrasing it. It’s often difficult to take a step back when feeling under pressure, but it’s true – we usually make better decisions with a clearer head.

  4. Samantha

    I love how you have phrased this ‘Park It’.
    I always put myself under pressure to complete tasks immediately and become very stressed when I come up against a mental block.

    I will definitely be taking this advise!

  5. India Simmonds

    This is great. I will definitely be using your advice when making decisions.
    What a great way to phrase it. Normally we just panic and don’t think about the situation. Instead doing this really helps.

  6. Natalia R

    ”Park the problem, sleep on the difficult decision for maybe one or 2 nights and the solution will gradually come up to the surface from your subconscious.”
    I agree with this advice. The worse thing is to making decision emotional one.
    It is better to calm down, wait few days, sleep on it before your new idea start knocking to your doors and change your life.

  7. Marie R

    Amazing advice!! I definitely have to try it. But what about when you can’t decide at all? When your mind keeps switching between two or three solutions?

  8. Phoebe Bradley

    This is great advice and I couldn’t agree more. I will definitely use this technique in the future and ‘park’ the problem, sleep on it and come back to it.

  9. Sue Fowler

    Thanks for some great tips and love the phrase “Park the problem”
    I will keep this in mind next time I start to feel stressed or anxious.

  10. Tara Dudley Smith

    This is great advice. I am apt to make instantaneous decisions and later reflect on that decision and regret what I have done. Better to have the sleepless nights before the decision is made, rather than after!

  11. Julie

    I absolutely agree with that advice. I think I will now tell my self to “park it” as you said.

    Answers comes with a good night sleep I believe in that more than ever.

  12. Natalie Eaton

    This is really good advice, thank you, and one which I will try and put into practice going forward, especially in the current situation where we all have been burdened with extra stress and worry.

  13. Jacqueline Lammens

    Great Blog with practical advice. I tend to make knee jerk reactions. So going forward I will remind myself not to stress…just park it! – thank you.

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