5 Ways to Lessen Decision-Making Overwhelm Using These Slow Processing Speed Interventions

Updated: Jul 7, 2019

Decisions, decisions, decisions... Have you ever kept track of all the decisions you make every day?


You hear, "Mom, which pair of jeans should I wear?" You empower your child, “You decide, dear.”

Elementary school uniforms got my vote. They cut out a lot of decision making. But, high school.... that's a whole different topic.

Time is ticking and you realize that breakfast isn't happening since the clock is begging you to get the kids out the door. You grab the protein bars, thrust them into each child's hands, and with amazing lightning speed you zip up their coats. Proud of your quick decision.

But now you begin to second guess that breakfast choice.

After dropping off the children, you head to work albeit to an office or back home, it doesn't matter because you are still faced with more decisions.

"Where do I file this receipt?" "When should I start dinner?" But first..."What's for dinner?"

Sorting the laundry...whites, colors, darks...."What do you do with multi-colored garments?”

What if the decision you make causes more decisions?

You decide to make your child's favorite dessert. You wonder out loud, "Do I have all the ingredients? Where is the recipe? How much sugar...."

What's worse, you say? INDECISION.

"I don't know, mom," as your child shrugs their shoulders while quizzing them on which book they want to read as you stand in the middle of the library.

And then the ‘last minute’ indecision..."What is your report going to be about?” “How will you write it before tomorrow’s deadline?"

Silence. A shoulder shrug.

An utterly exhausted child stands before you. They have had their fair share of decision-making for the day.


The speed at which some children process language can make the difference between feeling confident and feeling overwhelmed.