In the face of temptation, you must rely on your willpower to by pass those unhealthy desires unscathed. New studies are unveiling new details about this elusive characteristic. In dealing with New Year's resolutions, I thought it more than appropriate to share a few techniques to give your willpower a boost that I read about on the health blog for the New York Times.
- Oddly enough, laughter has been know to bolster self control. There has been recent research supporting the notion that laughter is the best medicine, so this connection might not be as far fetched as it sounds.
- Keeping your glucose levels high seems to be a factor as well. This might be the reason that dieters eating six small meals are successful at losing weight. By eating frequently, these dieters are able to maintain even blood sugar levels, which help them stay even keel.
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- Practice might just make perfect, or at least boost your will power. Research seems to suggest that self-control improves with practice. To strengthen will power, you begin by testing yourself with small challenges, so bigger challenges are no longer appear insurmountable.
- Focus one change at a time. If you are trying to make a bunch of major changes all at once you will likely lose focus and feel more than a bit miserable. So don't try to quit smoking, lose weight, stop biting your nails and quit swearing all at the same time. Pick one major resolution to tackle and when you feel like you have conquered the change, move onto the next goal. Plus, by the time you start to make the second change you will know yourself a little bit better by having all that practice on the making the first change.