Engage Your Willpower to Manage Diabetes: Five Proven Ways
Willpower, according to several dictionaries, is an energetic determination; the ability to control one’s thoughts, behavior, impulses or actions; and the strength of will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes and plans. Phew!
Exercising willpower is a tall order when needed to accomplish something we really want to do. It is a gargantuan order when required for something we never asked for in the first place, such as monitoring glucose, following strict dietary guidelines and losing 30 pounds.
Our Wayward Willpower
You would think healthy lifestyle choices would come naturally to humans, since most of us want to live long, productive lives and feel good while doing it. Yet we have evolved with a pleasure center in the brain that seems to make its own rules with a dubious regard for our health.
So how are we to care for ourselves when our willpower does not match the task given us, such as diabetes management? In her book, The Willpower Instinct, Kelly McGonigal gives us some clues:
The biggest enemies of willpower: temptation, self-criticism and stress ... these three skills – self-awareness, self-care and remembering what matters most – are the foundation for self-control.
The secret for greater self-control, the science points to one thing: the power of paying attention.
Five Ways to Engage Your Willpower
To shift our willpower into drive, we need to disengage ourselves from stress, self-criticism and temptation. Scientists are discovering the best ways for us to accomplish this, and the first thing to do is dump the guilt.
Willpower Engagement #1: Be Easy on Your Continue reading