Healthy Decision-Making, Life Choices, and Mental Health

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Healthy Decision-Making, Life Choices, and Mental Health

Healthy Decision-Making, Life Choices, and Mental Health

Healthy decision-making can be difficult when you're living with any type of mental health challenge (Depression and Indecision). Mental illness impacts our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; each one of these plays a role in decision-making. To make healthy decisions, we rely on our rational, organized thought processes, balanced emotions, and actions that support our decisions. However, mental illness can interfere and make facing a big life choice overwhelming (Making the Big Decisions When You Have Bipolar).

How To Make Healthy Decisions

That said, mental health challenges don't render people unable to make decisions. These tips for healthy decision-making are strategies that many people have found to be useful:

  • Break a big decision into small pieces, and examine them one by one. How do you feel about a particular option? What consequences, positive and negative, can you foresee? What actions are needed?
  • Whatever life decision you're facing, reflect on it. Where do you want it to take you? What are you truly looking for?
  • Consider yourself and your life. Whatever choice you're facing, does it fit well with other important aspects of your life such as who you want to be with, how you want to spend your time, and where you want to live?

For healthy decision-making, breathe deeply and look at the little pieces in the big picture.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Today’s Question: What healthy decision-making strategies do you use when you're facing a life choice? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. How to Stop Being a Perfectionist
  2. Will I Be Depressed Forever?
  3. How Social Media Messes With Your Confidence

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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(2015, October 14). Healthy Decision-Making, Life Choices, and Mental Health , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: October 20, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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