Science of The "What the Hell Effect"...And Why it's Ruining Your Progress

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Giving in to temptation makes you feel bad ⁣

...which then motivates you to do something to feel better ⁣

...and what’s the cheapest, fastest way to feel better?⁣

❌ Often the very thing you feel bad about.⁣

“Just a small handful of cereal”⁣

❌ Turns into the bottom of the box.⁣

“Just a little more wine”⁣

❌ And you find yourself not realizing you’ve had 4 more glasses than intended.⁣

“I already messed up, so what the hell - might as well really enjoy myself.”⁣

Sound familiar? 🤨⁣

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗿𝘂𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂.⁣

𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁.⁣

𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗹𝘁.⁣

𝗟𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗲.⁣

Give in ➡️ Go all out ➡️ Feel terrible ➡️ Seek comfort ➡️ Give in ➡️ REPEAT⁣

This cycle extremely common. Especially for those following restrictive practices.⁣

The cycle breaking solution? According to the research?⁣

🌟Less restriction.⁣

🌟More self-awareness & self-compassion.⁣

^ which jussssst so happens to be how we do it at KJO coaching 😏⁣

Y’all know I love some thought provoking, change-based Qs...⁣

Here’s some you can work through right now:⁣

❓How do you handle self control failures?⁣

❓Do you use it as a chance to indulge further?⁣

❓Do you see it as an indication that you’ll never change & something must be wrong with you?⁣
(*cough* fixed mindset *cough*)⁣

❓Think of a time you’ve successfully exerted self-control in any situation. What thoughts did you bring to mind? How did it feel?⁣