Do you ever feel overwhelmed by simple everyday decisions? You are not alone! Even small choices can cause stress and anxiety. But why does this happen, and what can we do about it? Let’s explore some research and insights that can help us make better decisions without the stress.
One reason we struggle with decisions is that we have too many options. The more choices we have, the harder it is to compare and decide. In fact, studies show that having too many options can actually cause anxiety. In the book of Proverbs, we read, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” (Proverbs 12:25). When we feel overwhelmed, it’s important to find a way to simplify our choices.
Another reason we feel stressed is that we may not feel confident in our ability to make the right decision. This can be especially true when it comes to financial decisions or goal setting. But as Christians, we can trust in God’s guidance. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” When we seek God’s wisdom, we can make choices with confidence.
It’s also important to remember that some decisions may have emotional stakes, even if they seem trivial. Choosing what to wear on a date, for example, can be a source of stress because we want to make a good impression. But God sees our hearts, not just our outward appearance. 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us, “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” When we focus on what truly matters, we can find peace in our decisions.
Our personality can also play a role in how we make decisions. Some of us may tend to maximize, always seeking the best option. Others may be more satisficers, settling for a good enough choice. But the Bible encourages us to seek contentment, not perfection. Philippians 4:11-12 says, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.” When we focus on finding contentment, we can make decisions that bring us joy.
To make decision-making easier, it can be helpful to build habits. By establishing routines for everyday choices, we can reduce the mental energy we need to expend. This is similar to the idea of system one thinking, which relies on our unconscious habits rather than our conscious decision-making. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, we read, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” By creating habits that align with our values, we can make choices that reflect our priorities.
Everyday decisions can be stressful, but by seeking God’s guidance, focusing on what truly matters, and building good habits, we can make choices with confidence and ease. As we learn to simplify our options, seek contentment, and trust in God’s wisdom, we can find peace in even the smallest decisions. Let’s take action today by setting a goal to establish one new positive habit that can help us make decisions with less stress and more joy.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everyday decisions, seeking Christian counseling can provide the guidance and support you need. By incorporating Biblical principles and focusing on finding contentment, a Christian counselor can help you make choices that align with your values and bring you peace. Feel free to reach out to us for anxiety and stress counseling. Don’t let the stress of decision-making weigh you down – take the first step towards a brighter future today.