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.