Individuals struggling to make decisions may often experience distress and uncertainty about which path to take going forward. While this may seem daunting to some, there are strategies that can help overcome this obstacle, allowing you to make decisions with more confidence. Here are five tips that can help ease the decision-making process.

1. List out the Pros and Cons

When faced with a tough decision, it’s easy for our thoughts to race, making it challenging to properly assess the situation. In these cases, taking a moment to create a list of pros and cons can be beneficial. Clearly outlining the pros and cons can help put a situation in perspective, providing clarity into the potential outcomes, or drawbacks, of each choice.

2. Seek Advice

Seeking advice from others can provide valuable insights and perspectives that you may not have considered on your own. Getting opinions from different people with diverse backgrounds and experiences can help paint a broader picture of the situation. But remember, while external advice is valuable, the ultimate decision rests with you. Be careful not to get lost in conflicting opinions. At the end of the day, you’re the one being impacted by the decision, so it should be made based on what’s best for you and in accordance with your values.

3. Take Some Time to Process

We may feel rushed to decide, and in doing so overlook the importance of taking time to process. Taking a few days to think over the options can be beneficial. This isn’t to say delay the decision as long as possible, as you don’t want to avoid or procrastinate making the decision.

4. Tolerating Uncertainty

You may never feel 100% confident about your decision. Often, there are reasons to go with either choice – that’s why it’s hard to decide. If you can reach a point where you are “certain enough” about a decision, you may need to trust your judgment knowing you’ve considered all your options. At that point, it becomes about tolerating the remaining uncertainty, and reminding yourself that you made the best decision at the time given the information you had.

5. Committing to a Decision

Individuals who struggle with decision-making often hesitate to fully commit, fearing they won’t have a way out if things don’t go as planned. It’s common to catastrophize and envision worst-case scenarios, but this mindset can hinder decision-making. By keeping “one foot out the door”, you may find it impossible to settle on one choice.

As hard as it may be for some, making decisions is an unavoidable part of life, and is often necessary for making progress and achieving our goals. Give these tips a try, and you might discover greater clarity when navigating your choices.


The content of this blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health provider or physician with any questions that you have regarding mental health concerns. If you think you have an emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.