Anxiety makes us bad decision-makers. Here’s how to do better – CNN

>How Does Anxiety Short Circuit the Decision-Making Process? – Psychology Today

“Anxiety is on the rise globally amid the pandemic, and it can interfere with our ability to make decisions. Experts say, however, there’s a lot you can do to manage anxiety — techniques you can use to feel better and make wise choices. Here’s how.

Full story at Source: >Anxiety makes us bad decision-makers. Here’s how to do better – CNN

“Anxiety often goes up in any moment where our bodies perceive a real threat,,, It certainly makes sense in the middle of a pandemic. For many, anxiety is something that you know when you feel it. The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as an “emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Other physical symptoms can include a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, sweating and trembling.

“While anxiety is distinct from depression, another mood disorder, it’s common to experience symptoms of both at the same time. There are several main types of anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobia-related disorders. And while the symptoms of anxiety can be deeply unpleasant…the emotion is actually an essential tool our body uses to get us out of dangerous situations. “Anxiety, as a biological response, is a state of fight or flight…Escaping from a lion? The hypervigilance associated with anxiety can help.

“But while that heightened awareness and vigilance makes biological sense …the emotion also erodes our ability to make well-reasoned choices. When you have a lot of anxiety you actually have trouble making decisions. That’s something I’m seeing in my clinic…Patients are having trouble figuring out: ‘Is this a good decision or not?’ And that’s because their brain is not fully on to be able to make decisions.

“That’s concerning: As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, many are facing daily decisions with high stakes for their families’ lives and livelihoods.

Learn more how to deal with anxiety and make good decisions in the full story at source link above

Practice paying attention to your thoughts and the judgments that your mind tends to make. Don’t try to stop or resist them, just curiously notice them. The Mind is like a label maker.>I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal

>Drumsoul on Mindfulness

 

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