Think Again: The 10 Worst Times to Make a Big Decision

Hungry, cranky or wearing jeans? Your mood, outfit and even stance can affect the decisions you make. Learn to spot and stop these blockers, and you'll start living a life without regrets (11 Photos)

Yelena Shuster on May 2, 2012 at 11:47AM

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Think Again: The 10 Worst Times to Make a Big Decision

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You're Stressed

Not only is stress a curse on your health, but researchers at the University of Southern California discovered that it can also increase your potential for bad decision-making. Similar to sleep-deprivation, stress makes you focus on the positive while ignoring the downsides of an outcome. This kind of explains the role of stress in addiction: You need a fix bad and the craving overcomes any consideration of the dangerous drawbacks. Likewise, itching to get a project simply “over with” can lead to rash choices with unpleasant consequences.

How to avoid a big oops: Calm down with chamomile tea or a lavender-scented bath, then make a pros/cons list for the decision at hand. Just the process of making a list will help sooth your nerves a little.

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