Stress is the Enemy of Your Self ControlApr 02, 2020
Late night PANTRY raiding…
Just “a little bit more” wine…
A few more pieces of chocolate won’t hurt!
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 – 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘁?
You probably also notice you’re extra fatigued, too 🥱
…and the end of the day seems to be the worst.
Welcome to your human brain 👋 🧠
Both STRESS and SELF CONTROL require lots of energy, and your brain can only handle so much.
Throughout the day your self control resources get depleted, and stress will only exacerbate this.
Not to mention, stress and self control literally initiate OPPOSITE changes in the brain & body.
Self control requires your brain and body to SLOW DOWN and make deliberate decisions
🧠 (tapping into your prefrontal cortex — the big ol lobe behind your forehead responsible for problem solving, decision making, and planning)
Stress speeds everything up which was super helpful back in caveman/woman days when we literally need to “fight or flee” from threats 🐯… not so helpful when receiving a stressful email
🧠 (this response inhibits your prefrontal cortex — making you more impulsive)
Want to increase your self control and reduce your stress ASAP?
Here’s a quick exercise ⤵️ breathe.
4-6 breaths per minute, for 5 minutes (Bonus points if you can get outdoors to do this)
🔎 Just 5 minutes of this breathing exercise can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing... AKA hello parasympathetic/pause and plan system (Ng et al., 2016)