We all lose our way sometimes, and getting back on the horse can be quite a challenge. Healing and leading a healthy life is not simple and definitely not linear. No one is immune to the ups and downs of life, but it is important that we learn how to get back on track and push through.
What so many people fail to see is that so much of success and achieving goals goes back to building and maintaining good and healthy habits. And in order to build healthy habits, we all need self-control. Self-control is the secret to not only building good habits, but also to knowing how to control our actions and emotions to achieve our goals.
In short, self-control resembles the war between doing the right thing and the impulsive human nature that falls into temptation.
Let me give you a common and simple example. Let’s say you decided to lose a few pounds this year, and then one of your friends comes along and offers you a bar of your favorite chocolate. Now had you been practicing self-control, you would know that you are already committed to a long-term goal and you should not fall for the temptation of experiencing a sweet short-lived satisfaction. And this is exactly what differentiates someone who has good self-control from someone who does not. The former knows how to reason with themselves and control their actions and emotions, while the latter is usually more prone to impulsive behavior that can have a significant impact on the quality of their life.
So now that we clarified what self-control is, let us dig a little deeper into its benefits!
Self-control and health
Just like the example I just explained, it is quite apparent that with better self-control comes better health choices. Whether it is going to the gym or maintaining a healthy diet, self-control can help you avoid temptation and focus on your long-term goals. Furthermore, it is reported that with lower self-control comes unhealthy coping mechanisms which can impact our physical and mental health. Self-control also plays an important role in addiction recovery. With it people who suffer from addiction or substance abuse can build a strong foundation by consciously and continuously practicing it.
Self-control and success
Researches suggest that with better self-control comes the ability to work hard and achieve long-term goals. People with higher levels of self-control are also able to channel their energy and be more productive. Not only that, but self-control can also help you have better financial discipline! Practicing self-control in your financial affairs will help you control your spendings and set a financial plan that will help you in the long run. Self-control gives you the power to become mentally sharp and more focused.
Self-control and relationships
Self-control gives you the ability to manage both your actions and emotions, which is fundamental to building healthy relationships. This will also help you handle harmful emotions, such as anger or jealousy, that can negatively impact your relationships with others. Furthermore, with self-control comes the ability to draw and maintain healthy boundaries in our relationships. When we are able to regulate our emotions and not act impulsively, we can clearly communicate where our boundaries are and thus develop healthier relationships.
The driving force behind self-control is self-discipline, and with discipline you have the power to reach all your goals. And always remember that self-control is like a muscle, and through exercising it you can eventually master it.
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