Daily Coping Solutions for COVID-19 #33

Emotion vs Logic

Have you ever thought about how many of your decisions are based on emotion and disregard logic? For the average person its 80%. 8 out of 10 decisions are based on how they feel about a situation rather than what they think about the situation.

This becomes helpful to know when we feel things are out of balance. If things seem rocky, gloomy, or just uneasy, 8 out of 10 times we will lean toward making decisions based on these difficulties we are experiencing.

Intuition

Many people talk about using their intuition to make decisions. Intuition in merely the sum of our experiences that are internalized and used as the subconscious driver to our decision making. This does not change decision making coming from emotion vs logic, but rather it changes the emotional pull we have in any given circumstance.

Being aware of these emotional pulls can be really helpful to break old patterns and create new ones. For instance, if the grocery store has a negative connotation for you because of something that happened to you there, your emotional pull will likely steer you away from the grocery store. This emotional decision making forgets that the store itself can neither be good nor bad.

HALT

I challenge you today to examine your emotions and how they affect your decision making process. Use the common acronym HALT to help you know when your emotions may not necessarily lead you to the best decisions.

Hungry
Angry
Lonely
Tired

When we can acknowledge that we are hungry, angry, lonely or tired, we can also know that we are more susceptible to make poor decisions. That is because these decisions will come out of the desire to make these better. For example, if you are hungry, decisions will be made in order to fix the problem of hunger.

With all of the increased difficulties we experience due to COVID-19, logically making choices that help us get to better emotions is achievable. Doing this will allow you to live with more peace even though circumstances may not be optimal.

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