How quickly do we make decisions, and can we improve our odds of making better choices?
Waiting for more information, better information, or better reasons to avoid a decision is how a slow- moving, no-pressure person makes non-urgent choices. Most choices we make are not urgent, but we like point-click-speed our life along, so every decision we make is made more quickly than ever. I’m not so sure technology helps us make better decisions – just faster ones.
We don’t have to be a slave to the technology, trends, or the loudest crows on the wire, or the most active talking heads on TV.
I’m asking about everyday people, like me, and like you – what makes for better choices?
I wonder if there is a connection between ‘quality of choices made’ with blood-sugar and blood-pressure?
Should we measure these before significant decisions are made – not just in the interest of science, but for ensuring a balanced body and mind, but as one last check on reality before venturing forth with a decision?
Why is this on my mind?
For years now, probably ten, I’ve been on variations of blood-pressure medication. I changed doctors. My new doctor suggested I get my own machine and test myself when I’m relaxed, not fighting traffic, starting at staff in white coats with stethoscopes strung around their necks …
The idea is that we get a lower read-out when we are calm. I’ve been building a spreadsheet for my next doctor visit. I don’t have an illusion of getting off the meds immediately, but I want to need a lower dose. My work has been on two fronts over the last six months – diet and exercise. Guess what? As my weight declines, so does my blood pressure. Who knew?
We all know, of course, but when we hear that, do we listen?
I know I heard it for many years – but I didn’t pay enough attention.
I’ve eaten more vegetables in the last six months than I used to eat in five years – and less red meat than I’ve each since childhood. Still, when I walk into the grocery store, the bakery’s treats tempt me, the packaged and frozen sections less so, sauces and dressings temp too, as does the cheese section …