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Why you should stop worrying about whether you're making the right decisions and try this instead...

I always like to pull inspiration from whatever feels relevant to me and something I would like to read/get support with myself. After recently experiencing the wonderful cycle of self-doubt, worrying about absolutely everything and noticing the weight it can carry over you, this topic is definitely something I wanted to get out there and start a conversation about.

There can be many reasons why you might find yourself suddenly in a state of doubt, questioning yourself and feeling a little overwhelmed and hazy. Life itself comes with many surprises, throwing us off guard and onto a path we may not have foreseen; add in hormones, work deadlines, rising costs of living and we have a perfect breeding ground for worry. It's natural to question your choices and wonder whether you're making the right decisions but constantly second-guessing yourself can prevent you from moving forward and living your life to the fullest.

So, next time you feel yourself slipping into this state of mind try and focus on these 6 steps to start feeling more confident and content in your choices:

1. Tune in to your intuition

Intuition is a powerful tool that can guide us when making decisions. While analysis and logic have their place, sometimes our instincts offer a deeper understanding of what feels right for us. By practicing to tune in to your intuition and listening to that inner voice/gut feeling you can learn to trust it and hence, trust yourself. After all, there is no one on this planet that knows yourself better than you.

2. Focus on the present

When you find yourself worrying about whether you're on the right path, it's often because you're focusing too much on the future. Instead, try to stay present and focus on the current moment. Ask yourself what you can do right now to help move in the direction that you want to go and just take it one step at a time. Remember, so much can happen on the way to figuring something out that often the things we worry about never actually happen!

3. Accept uncertainty

Uncertainty is a part of life, it's impossible to have all of the answers all of the time. This may be difficult to accept but once you can, it can be a way of helping to soothe your worry when it comes up. Knowing that some level of uncertainty is okay and that until things are in black and white, worrying for a prolonged period of time over something isn't changing anything.

4. Practice self-compassion

Being too hard on yourself can make decision-making even more stressful. Instead, try being kinder and more understanding with yourself. Remember that making mistakes is a natural part of life, we all do it - and we all have low days or cycles where we don't feel as good about ourselves, but in those times tell yourself that you're doing the best you can and that's all you can do.

5. Seek advice

If you're still struggling with making a decision, seeking advice from trusted friends, family, or professionals can help. Hearing other perspectives and getting input from others can help you to gain clarity and make a decision that feels right for you.

6. Reframe the fear of making mistakes

Remember that mistakes are opportunities for growth and learning. If you make a decision that doesn't work out, try to learn from the experience and use it to inform future decisions. Understand that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. Each misstep brings valuable insights that can guide you towards making better decisions in the future.

The path of uncertainty can be daunting, but it is also filled with potential and growth. By letting go of the constant worry about whether we are doing the right thing, we free ourselves to embrace the journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Trust in your own abilities, listen to your intuition, lean on others to talk through things and remember that mistakes are stepping stones toward a more fulfilling life.

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