From the time we wake up
to the time we go to sleep, we are constantly making decisions.
“Can I sleep in an extra ten minutes?”
“What should I eat for breakfast?”
“What should I wear to work?”
And so it goes. These seemingly simple decisions we make throughout the course of the day actually end up being very fatiguing to the mind. This is called decision fatigue.
WHAT IS DECISION FATIGUE?
In their book Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness discuss decision fatigue and how top performers avoid it as much as possible. Take Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein for example.
Along with being extremely successful, these three individuals share another common trait: they donned the same outfit every day.
They did this so that they didn’t waste any valuable mental space trying to decide what to wear. Healthy habits like this one allowed them to focus their energy toward more productive endeavors without the negative effects of decision fatigue.
Freeing up mental space allows us to bring the best version of ourselves to the table. The more mental space you have, the more concise the decisions you make will be.
So how do you optimize your brain power and combat decision fatigue?
4 Proven Ways To Fight Decision Fatigue
- Create a daily routine
- Make bigger decisions in the morning
- Stay active
- Eat well
#1: CREATE A DAILY ROUTINE
A daily routine might seem boring or like you’re going through your day on autopilot, but this will be beneficial in the long run. Besides, the term “autopilot” doesn’t have to mean boring. It’s simply used as a term to help simplify and prioritize.
The more routines you’ve established for the smaller, daily decisions, the more room and clarity you can devote to bigger, more important decisions.
Set your alarm and stay dedicated to your wake-up call, brush your teeth, make your coffee, eat the same healthy breakfast, take your daily shot of Moringa Vinga, get your morning workout in, all the way down to what socks you’re going to wear for the day. Molding these small decisions into your daily ritual will help you to think clearer, lower your stress levels and improve how you function overall.
#2: MAKE BIGGER DECISIONS IN THE MORNING
Wondering if the time of day you make decisions actually matters? Research has found it does. Regardless of whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, the morning time tends to be when we make the most accurate decisions. In the morning we are more meticulous with our thoughts, but as the day goes on, we begin to make riskier and more impulsive decisions.
#3: STAY ACTIVE
It’s no secret that when you improve your health, many other parts of your life begin to slowly improve as well. Being active, increasing your heart rate and providing your brain and body with the energy it needs from strenuous exercise transfers over to every other aspect of your life. To how your brain functions, to how alert you are, your energy levels, etc. But can improving your physical activity improve your decision fatigue?
The short answer is yes. Not only does planning a workout in your day take out the decision of when you’ll find time to exercise, but it also provides you with more mental clarity and brainpower.
#4: EAT WELL
Eating well is one of the best ways to help give your body a chance to resist decision fatigue.
Unfortunately with the often overwhelming amount of foods we have to choose from, limiting your options to the most nutritious meal on the menu doesn’t always leave you with a clearer head and more mental space for important decisions throughout the day.
Thankfully the widespread popularity of plant-based nutrition has helped many rediscover the power of ancient practices and herbal medicines. And, although essentials like creating a daily routine, making bigger decisions in the morning and staying active can contribute to our overall wellness–now modern science has in fact verified that various groups of herbs have a remarkable number of boosting effects on the mind and body.
That’s why the combined adaptogenic herbs in our raw and organic Moringa Vinga may help you combat the health-eroding effects of decision fatigue.
These plant-based living apple cider vinegar and wild honey infusions begin with 18 amino acids, 46 antioxidants and are packed with over 92 nutrients. Additionally, each infusion has a number of benefits which can be a great addition to any health and wellness practice!
THE BOTTOM LINE
When it comes to living our best lives, there are a number of hurdles like decision fatigue that can get in the way of our pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. The good news is that by trying some of these healthy habits, you can feel less stressed while also bringing the best version of yourself to the table every day.
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