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How do I stop regretting my decisions?

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alazuli Tue 12-Jul-16 13:14:45

I'm the most indecisive person in the world and spend ages worrying about big decisions. When I finally do make a choice, I instantly start having regrets about it. It doesn't matter which way I decide, I know I will regret it.

How do I overcome this? It's exhausting. I guess it boils down to the fact that I don't really trust my instincts and try to rationalise everything so it usually becomes brain v heart.

EchidnaPorcupine Wed 13-Jul-16 09:45:14

I empathise with this. Your first para is me for most of my life.

I am better with this now, but I'm not sure what's made me better.

I did a year of very helpful person-centred counselling. I think this helped me see myself a bit more objectively and without so much self-criticism, and to be able to identify feelings better.

I think two realisations have also helped me: firstly that often either way things will be fine. A friend said this to me when I was agonising over whether to end a relationship - "either way you'll be ok", and it was like I'd never considered that possibility - I thought there was either the 'right' decision or, I don't know, some kind of eternal punishment and gloom.

Secondly, I've realised that whilst many others seem happy with 'head' decisions, I am rarely happy unless I've made a decision with 'heart'. It can still be very hard to identify that 'what feels right' thing, but if I can then I try to follow through on that and ignore all the 'sensible' voices if that's possible.

I am still not great - I can prevaricate over even very minor things for way too long, and still have trouble following through when I do make a decision, but I'm getting better. And I don't tend to see my life as a series of wrong choices any more. I did what I did, can't change that, and better to see the positives in the choices I did make than dwell on what else I could or should have done.

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