Thursday, March 6, 2014

Freaked Out By Indecision?

Indecision does not have to cause anxiety. Take a step back, take a deep breath, give yourself a moment, and then make a decision. I watch people become frantic all the time... in line at the grocery store or at the coffee counter, or even when trying to decide which way to go while driving. People just start to freak out a little because they don't know what they want, and you can see the anxiety start to rush over them. They might get red, start breathing more shallow, self deprecate, and then they might even take out their anxiety on whomever is close by. I have seen parents yell at their kids, or angrily grab their kids because they are starting to feel overwhelmed by the decision making process.

It's true that other people may get irritated that they have to wait behind you, but that doesn't mean you have to let their impatience or rudeness influence you. If you are in a line and get completely overwhelmed you have a couple of options.

1 Step out of line, gather yourself, make your decision, then get back in line. NO, nobody is looking at you and thinking you're weird. NO, nobody is judging you because you couldn't make a decision. NO, you don't have to leave the store and never come back. The truth is, nobody cares.... they are all too busy thinking about themselves to notice that you stepped out of the line and are taking a break by the condiment counter.

2 Stay in the line, take a deep breath, give yourself a moment, then make your decision. It is OK, to take a moment to decide something. While it might be true that you have someone rude in line behind you who might roll their eyes, or huff loudly, you can choose to ignore them, and be in control of YOU! Chances are, most people are probably just waiting patiently and really not noticing you at all.

Today, don't let the anxiety of indecision effect your day. Have self compassion and allow yourself to relax. Let other people worry about their own impatience, it's not your problem. Be patient and kind to yourself and Live Inspired Now!

PS: Social anxiety can feel overwhelming but it doesn't have to be. Contact me today for some solutions! Also, check out my book, Live Inspired Now; A Field Guide For Happiness! Don't wait for happiness... create it!

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