Health Tip: Strengthen Self-Control
(HealthDay News) -- Whether it involves resisting a piece of chocolate cake or an ice cold beer, fighting temptation may be easier said than done.
But with clear goals, self-monitoring and practice, you can improve your self-control, says the American Psychological Association.
The association suggests:
Use the "out of sight, out of mind" approach.
Prepare "if-then" scenarios for tempting situations.
Stay motivated. This can overcome weakened willpower.
Like a muscle, regularly exercise self-control to improve it.
Eat regularly to maintain blood-sugar levels.
Focus on one goal at a time.
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