The quality of your decisions affects the quality of your life. Making better decisions is one of the most effective ways to enhance your life.
However, making a good decision requires actually making a decision. Too many people avoid making decisions, or they spend far too much time and energy making a decision.
8 Useful Tips for Making Better Decisions with Less Effort
A great decision doesn’t require a lot of time or energy the vast majority of the time:
1. Know your purpose.
Your purpose makes the best option more obvious. For example, if your purpose is to be an ultramarathoner, it’s easier to decide what to eat and how to spend your time away from your regular job.
Where should you live? If you want to be a dairy farmer, the city won’t work. If you want to write a book, in what environment do you write most effectively?
2. Be logical.
Most people make decisions based on emotion. Logic is only used to justify the decisions they made emotionally. Most people are prone to making poor decisions. You don’t want to be like most people in this regard.
The best decision is often clear if you apply logic to the situation. Consider how you would advise a friend to proceed. That’s probably your best option.
3. Plan your day the night before.
It’s easier to make smart decisions in advance. For example, it’s easy to say, “I’m going to meet my mother for lunch tomorrow.” However, you might be less enthusiastic when the sun comes up. Avoid changing your mind. You already made the decision, so stick with it.
We make great plans in the evening for the following day. We plan out our days. We make plans to eat a good lunch, hit the gym, and finish that report. The next day, we start overthinking everything and blow it.
You don’t need to make perfect decisions. You need to make decent decisions and stick with them. Do your thinking at night. Execute your decisions the following day.
4. Know your values.
The best option is often obvious if you know your values.
Take the time to examine your values and then list them in order of priority.
When you’re faced with a tough choice, take a look at your list of values and apply your values to your decision. You’ll probably find that an answer is easier to find.
5. Give yourself a deadline.
A good decision can often be made very quickly. Avoid taking longer than you need to make a choice.
A deadline can be an effective way of making a decision quickly. Give yourself a few minutes to a few days, to make up your mind. Pull the trigger and move on.
6. Know that if you’re indecisive, any option is probably acceptable.
When you’re torn between a couple of choices, there’s probably not a “best” option. Just pick one and move on. Flip a coin if necessary.
7. Consider the reason for your hesitation.
Why are you hesitating? What’s holding you back? What are your concerns? What are you afraid might happen?
Is there a way to mitigate this fear so it doesn’t impact your decision process?
8. Forget about trying to be perfect.
Perfection leads to procrastination and indecision. Worry about being good. Worry about being smart. That’s as close to perfection as you need to be.
Indecisiveness puts your life on standby. You can dramatically enhance the quality of your life by making better and quicker decisions. Making a decision isn’t a race, but what are you going to accomplish by waiting if you already have the information you need to decide?
Everyone suffers from some form of stress whether it be the daily grind or something more serious. Reducing stress is the most important thing that can be done to ensure a happy and healthy lifestyle.
A quick Google search will bring up thousands of ideas from life coaches, classes, doctors and medicine.
There is a far simpler and easier way to reduce stress.
Adopt Any One of these 5 Stress-Busting Habits and Your Life will Improve
#1) Meditation / Spirituality / Religion
Meditation is always a go-to when needing to reduce stress. It allows you to focus on yourself in that present moment and get rid of those wandering thoughts. It’s not something that is hard to do, and many do it already without realizing that they are. Have you ever heard,
To go a little further, spirituality, a belief in something greater than oneself, helps with that idea too. Reading horoscopes, being thoughtful, or just talking to something that you believe is greater than you can have a profound effect on your stress and also it to is a form of meditation.
Lastly, religion can and does for many, play a role in this. Through prayer, people have prayed away stress, and that conscious contact that exists in prayer is a form of mediation.
However you meditate, meditation needs to be in your bag of tricks for reducing stress, but meditation alone cannot and will not reduce all of your stress…
Being creative helps to reduce stress because whatever medium you choose, you can take all that energy and channel it daily. Keeping a journal is a very effective way to reduce stress and clear out the clutter of your mind. Other options include painting, drawing, sculpting, and music. All of these give an outlet for that energy and help us channel this stress into healthy habits.
It’s not hard, nor is it time-consuming. There are countless moments throughout the day where decisions are made that move us off the path of a reduced stress life. Instead of sitting down to watch 12 episodes of Bob’s Burgers, watch four and use that extra time that you now have to do something creative.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, nor does it have to be a masterpiece. The act of doing is more important than the end result.
A simple one mile walk a day, can and will change your perspective. Stress comes at us from all sides. A stroll down to the corner store and back can affect a psyche change that lasts for a few hours. Seeing the bustling on the streets, hearing the chirping of birds, smelling the air; all of this creates an environment in our minds that helps to reduce stress. While the world is running at full pace, there you are, slowly achieving a goal.
If walking isn’t your thing, there are numerous other things to do, running, sports, cycling, going to the gym, Yoga, and much more. Being active helps get you out of your head and focus on what is in the here and now.
Diet does play a role in stress reduction. What we eat and put into our bodies affects us more than we know. Eating two large order of French fries from your favorite restaurant may taste good, but the salts and the grease will leave you feeling lethargic; the added salt will increase your blood pressure, and the large soda that you drink to wash it down will give you a sugar rush, that at the end will leave you feeling moody.
I'm excited to announce I'll be joining you and the Vancouver healthy living communities at the Vancouver Wellness Show! I have 4 talks scheduled and hope to connect with so many amazing health-conscious people throughout the 2-day healthy living extravaganza!! Will you be joining me there?
Here's what you can expect…
What is the Vancouver Wellness Show All About?
The 2020 Wellness Show in Vancouver is all about Life in Balance, along with sharing Healthy Food & Lifestyle Options with the Vancouver Lower-Mainland, health-conscious communities.
For more than 25 years the Wellness Show has been bringing new approaches to nutrition, fitness, physical and emotional well-being to help Vancouverites achieve their most holistic, healthiest selves. They connect like-minded businesses and thought-leaders in wellness. They educate the public on health options as a year-round online resource and as host of Western Canada’s biggest and most established health and lifestyles showcase.
Talk Description: We’re all short on time. Unsure of what to do or how to do it, we put our health on the backburner of life. Enough is enough. Learn how to maximize your health and well-being with just 30 minutes a day – no equipment? no space? NO worries! The 2% solution is all you need to get started.
At 12 Noon, join me at the Healthy Families Workshop stage.
I'll be walking you through
How to Meditate to Increase Happiness while Reducing Stress & Anxiety
Talk Description: Stress, chronic pain, depression, heart disease, and high blood pressure – all can be reduced through a regular meditation practice. But that begs the questions — How do I do it? Where do I start? In this workshop, Dai will provide us a simple solution to integrate meditation into even the busiest of lives.
At 4 pm, join me at the Living Well Seminar stage.
I'll be reminding you that…
You Are Only 3 Questions Away from Living Your Best Life Now
Talk Description: Age is a friend that accompanies us from the day we are born… yet, what happens when something as normal as feeling healthy isn’t normal anymore? For many of us, we find ourselves at crossroads in our lives where things start to change whether we like it or not. However, we don't have to be victims of change. In Dai's presentation, you'll learn the 3 essential questions to help you in getting everything you want out of life starting NOW!
And lastly, join me at the Women & Wellness Seminar Stage @ 5 pm
I'll be sharing…
The 3 Little Words to Help You Stop Complaining & Start Living
Talk Description: Why is it that some people thrive well into their 100’s while other people see their quality of life rapidly decline as they age? The answer will surprise you. In this presentation, Dai will share with you the formula for living your best life by adopting a simple 3-word mindset.
Marijuana had gotten a bad name after it became famous when people started using it for recreational activities. However, cannabis has been used to treat different kinds of illnesses and diseases for many centuries in different parts of the world.
Many researchers have been studying the various potential uses of the plant, and their promising results have made it legal in many places. Here are some benefits of marijuana, how people use it, and where you can get it from…
Benefits Of Marijuana
Slows Cancer Cells
A recent study indicated that CBD, active ingredient in marijuana, can stop cancer from spreading by turning off a gene called Id-1. Further research was carried out in 2007 on its abilities to prevent cancer from spreading in breasts. The positive results were an indication that cannabis can stop, or slow down, cancer cells from spreading in the brain, breasts, and lungs.
Helps Cancer Patients
It is most commonly used by cancer patients to get through chemotherapy treatment. The sufferers that go through chemo experience severe pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. All of this can lead to further health complications. Marijuana can be used to suppress these awful symptoms.
Helps People Suffering From Dravet’s Syndrome
Two of the significant active compounds in marijuana, THC, and CBD, help people suffering from Dravet’s syndrome. It is a rare lifelong form of epilepsy, with frequent and prolonged seizures. Cannabis can help reduce the number of seizures from hundreds to once a week.
Helps People with Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is an immobilizing disease that affects the central and spinal nervous systems.
Many studies have been carried out that test the sufferers with different medications to see if anything gives them relief; however, nothing has been found. The research was also carried out to see if marijuana has any effect on multiple sclerosis patients, it showed promising results.
People said that it helps reduce their pain.
Can Treat Crohn’s And Other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Studies suggest that people suffering from various inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, can use marijuana as a treatment. Sufferers experience significantly reduced symptoms, like diarrhea and weight loss, of these dreadful diseases, and they can even get completely cured.
People associated with using marijuana weigh less than their average BMI. Although cannabis increases a person’s appetite, people don’t put on much weight because it also increases their metabolism. Not only that, but pot users have also shown healthier reactions to eating sugars.
How To Use Cannabis?
The most widely known way of taking cannabis to the body has been by smoking. However, it may also introduce carcinogens in the body that can result in lung cancer.
Many people use cannabis oils, or butter while making food. Individuals add pot to brownies, omelets, burgers, sauces, dips, and many other foodstuffs.
These products are absorbed into the body by placing them under the tongue. People use oils and tinctures as sublingual. There are also many variations of these products.
These are used to relieve pain or reduce the effects of any diseases in a specific area. These usually come in many different forms of creams.
Epidermal patches are also used to provide a continuous supply of marijuana to a particular spot.
How Can You Get Marijuana?
Getting a supply of cannabis depends on the state or country you live in. Many places have legalized the sale and use of marijuana, making it much easier for people to access products and raw marijuana leaves. You can either buy an expensive marijuana product from online stores or plant it at home. Growing pot is becoming a popular way to have an endless supply, buy your marijuana seeds here to join the weed community.
You can’t avoid menopause or all symptoms that come with it. Luckily, with a few lifestyle adjustments, you can ease the severity of these symptoms and improve your overall health.
This article brings you tips in healthy living during and after menopause that will help you deal with menopause easily and positively affect your wellbeing.
5 Ways to Make Your Life Easier During Menopause
1. Physical activity is a “must”
Exercise is essential for dealing with menopause and aging. The benefits of physical activity in menopause were proven in numerous studies. For example, a study observed 631 women who had reached natural menopause.
According to Science Daily interval training (switching between short bursts of intense activity and cardio) can increase the number of mitochondria which are, actually, “energy factories” of our cells.
Here are a few reasons why you need to work out regularly during and after menopause:
Reduces hot flashes
Promotes bone strength
Improves heart health
Boosts energy levels.
2. Diet tweaks for boosting your health
A balanced diet can protect and improve your overall health and prevent weight gain that usually occurs during menopause.
Also, a healthy diet aids in the prevention of various medical conditions usually develop during or after menopause.
Here are some diet tips in healthy living during and after menopause that will ease the symptoms of your “transition” and protect your health as well as the quality of life:
A great way to boost your health and ease menopause symptoms is to start with the Mediterranean diet.
This is one of the healthiest diets in the world and is characterized by eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and fish.
Due to the fact fish, especially salmon, is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, this diet promotes heart health and prevents stroke and many other diseases.
TIP: Introduce soy to your diet too, in order to reduce hot flash frequency and intensity. Journal Menopause published results of the study which confirmed that servings of soy reduce hot flash frequency by 61%.
3. Acupuncture to reduce stress and minimize hot flashes
Some women take hormones to ease symptoms of menopause. However, there are women e.g. breast cancer survivors who can’t take hormones and they need some other way to reduce stress and deal with hot flashes and acupuncture is an ideal solution.
4. Say “Goodbye” to cigarettes
Smoking is bad for your overall health and now you have a great reason to quit. Smoking increases the severity of symptoms of menopause (including hot flashes) and it boosts the risk of getting various diseases e.g. osteoporosis, heart disease, etc.
Moreover, smoking can lead to health complications in case you choose to receive menopause medications or hormone therapy. Therefore, for good health during and after menopause, throw those cigarettes into the trash.
5. Breathe away your hot flashes
Menopause itself is stressful. Now, when we add to that various life situations, the stress becomes even bigger and it just aggravates hot flashes.
There are a lot of ways to reduce stress, but taking a few deep breaths is the easiest one. Several studies showed that taking slow, deep breaths (6 or 8 breaths per minute) can reduce hot flashes.
Try this when a hot flash hits you in order to reduce its intensity and length. Also, during the postmenopausal period, reducing stress will also reduce the risks of numerous diseases. Whenever you are dealing with great pressure and stress, take a few deep breaths.
Avoid spicy foods
Wear layered clothes to avoid getting too warm
Sleep in a cool or cold room
Control your blood sugar (if you’re diabetic).
Although menopause is characterized by various uncomfortable symptoms and increases risks for some diseases, lifestyle adjustments and using few supplements like Menoquil can ease these symptoms and protect your health.
This article listed a few tips in healthy living during and after menopause that you can use to improve the quality of your life. Remember to stay active and reduce stress to decrease the severity of hot flashes.