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4 Decisions to Never Make on a Whim

4 Decisions to Never Make on a Whim

We’ve all heard of–and possibly described ourselves as–either Type A or Type B personalities.

Type A individuals, among other characteristics, generally plan their days, weeks, months, and even years to a T. They know exactly what they’re going to be doing at any given moment of the day, and rarely deviate from their plans.

Type B people, on the other hand, don’t stress out about making plans. They are more likely to make decisions “on the fly,” and not worry about whether or not a decision was the right one to make.

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While there are certainly times in which Type B personalities are at an advantage when it comes to making quick decisions, there are other times in which an impulsive decision can end up haunting you forever. The following decisions should never be taken lightly by anyone until the consequences of doing so are truly and completely understood.

Body art

Let me begin by saying that I’m in no way against tattoos or piercings, or any other form of body art. But there is a difference between treating your body like a work of art and treating it like a scrapbook.

If you’re going to make a change to your body that can’t easily be undone, you should be completely confident that you’ll appreciate the decision five, 10, or 20 years down the line. A tasteful tattoo or piercing won’t look out of place, and can definitely add to your overall beauty. On the other hand, the hastily-drawn tattoo you decided to get one night on spring break in Mexico probably isn’t going to look so great when you wake up in the morning.

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Love, sex, and breakups

As if you didn’t know, relationships are complicated. When you meet the person of your dreams, you want all the good things that come with a relationship to happen instantly.

But the quicker you rush things, the less you have to look forward to. Building a relationship is supposed to take time. Instead of diving into a relationship and experiencing everything all at once, wade in slowly. You will still experience all the good you’ve looked forward to, and will be able to truly appreciate each step of the way.

On the other side of the coin, spontaneous breakups due to an argument may also be premature, and leave both parties missing out on potential happiness. If you’ve been with someone long enough to consider them your significant other, you should never break things off with them without completely thinking it through.

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College

Going away to college is one of the first major decisions a young adult can make. For many people, the school they attend and the program they enroll in will be the foundation on which they’ll build the rest of their lives.

Deciding which school to go to isn’t something to take lightly. It requires hours of diligent research regarding cost, coursework offered, extracurricular activities, distance from home, and more. The worst thing a high school graduate can do is assume all colleges are the same, or to make their choice of university based on something superficial like “my girlfriend got accepted there” or “my friend had a lot of fun his first year there.”

Choosing a college is the first of many adult decisions you’ll be making in your life. Start your adult life off right and take it seriously.

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Jobs and careers

It’s no secret that finding a job that pays well and is enjoyable is no easy feat. In troubled economic times, it can be tempting to take what you can get, and immediately accept the job that’s offered to you on the spot.

Like choosing a college, a lot should go into your decision to accept a job offer. You should never take a job for only one reason. It might pay well, but you might end up hating it. Or you might love it, but it doesn’t pay well. Or it might pay well and be enjoyable, but it takes up all of your time. Obviously, there’s a lot to think about when choosing a career.

Whether you’re a young adult looking for a part-time job or a college graduate starting off on a new career path, take all the time you need to decide if the job you’ve been offered is the right one for you.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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