21 Days of Tips about Willpower

Heart Rate Variability refers to the natural pattern of your pulse being faster when you breathe in and slower when you breath out, because the parasympathetic nervous system acts like a brake during your out...

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While I’ve been writing this series of Willpower tips, I’ve been paying attention to the thoughts that contribute to when I end up doing lower priority tasks when I could be doing higher priority tasks....

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Willpower Tips, Day 18. Yoga for Willpower.

March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Meditation is great for boosting your parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn will help you with self regulation. Yoga is basically meditation with movement. If it hasn’t appealed to you previously, it might just be...

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This is a technique I use with clients for diverse problems from binge eating to procrastination. I thought I’d provide a (fictional) example. The example is about binge eating. The client is asked to write...

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How to Finally Take Advice You’ve Heard A Million Times Before. For me, the answer to this question is to a) bring a specific study to mind. Ideally I like a study with pictures (either...

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You might’ve heard of the Fight/Flight/Freeze Response. You probably haven’t heard of the “Prepare and Plan” Response. Like the Fight/Flight/Freeze Response, the Prepare and Plan Response is an inbuilt response we all come equipped with...

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Perfectionism is not the same thing as conscientiousness. For example, in a recent study of older adults, perfectionism was both associated with increased risk of mortality whereas conscientiousness was associated with decreased risk of mortality...

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Did you know that how long a person is willing to hold their breath for predicts how long they will persist with trying to give up smoking? People often give up on a Willpower Goal...

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This post is designed as a followup to the thoughts we identified on Day 11 There are several different approaches that psychology PhDs recommend for responding to Self Sabotaging Thoughts. There is also evidence that...

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When you have a willpower failure, rather than trying to “just forget about it and move on” you should try to understand how your thoughts contributed to it. When you have a willpower failure incident,...

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