A Simple Way to Make a Tough Decision

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 158

We’ve all wrestled with tough decisions before. Should I move to a new city? Should I find a different job? Should I end this relationship?

It’s not always those big decisions that are tough. Some smaller decisions are tough too. 

Should I call the teacher to tell her that my child is being bullied even though my child asked me not to? Should I call my friend and tell them they hurt my feelings

When you’re struggling to know what to do, you likely have some go-to habits you reach for. Maybe you call someone to talk through your options. Or maybe you do some online research to help you better understand the facts.

But, those habits might not necessarily help you reach the best decision. In fact, they might delay your decision-making or even lead you to make a worse choice.

So on today’s show, I’m talking about a strategy that makes tough decisions simpler. And the best news, this strategy will also help you make better decisions.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.