Coffee and Stress
Starbucks has officially brought out the red coffee cups and department stores are hauling out wreathes, lights, and warm smelling candles. With the new store items in sight, comes a little extra chaos due to the natural hustle and bustle of the holidays. Anxious and overwhelmed, you grip the two page food list for the annual Thanksgiving feast and the scribbled Christmas lists which you started making months ago, and head out the door. No amount of red cups of pumpkin spiced lattes will help alleviate that kind of stress, but bettering your decision making skills could.
When faced with a decision, my advice is to take a step back and reevaluate the situation as a whole. This method of thinking is called ‘counter-factual thinking’; it allows the individual to generate different alternatives for the decision they make. While it is wise to think of the many different outcomes your decision could effect, it is best to keep a positive frame of mind and not worry too much about the result. Since there are often times where a person’s decision may weigh heavy, it is always beneficial to seek the opinion of those you trust. Meet up with a friend for coffee and talk it out. It
will ease the muddled feeling and give you a new perspective on the entire situation. The common phrase, “there is no failure, only feedback” is a good reminder that no matter what the outcome may be there is still an affirmative benefit behind your choices: knowledge. Knowledge from the feedback and outcome of one’s decisions are how we as species, learn.
The holiday season not only brings out festive decorations, but often a disorganized mind. At this time of year, it is natural to feel a little more stressed; these tips and tricks may help better your decision making skills and hopefully will help ease the stress. So, take a step back and relax with your warm red cup, and face the holidays this year with serenity.