Dr. Subrata Naskar, Psychiatry
Often people do something, even though they know they will do harm to themselves. This is because they lack the willpower that can prevent them from doing it. Willpower refers to a strong determination to do difficult tasks and activities.
Here’s how to increase your willpower-
1.1. Stress management: Extreme levels of stress can adversely affect your body and can lead to anxiety, muscle aches, high blood pressure, and weakened immunity. Managing stress is very important. Under high pressure, they tend to make impulsive decisions. Take a deep breath and relax for a minute or two to reduce the level of stress.
2.2. Meditate for 15 minutes a day. Meditation focuses you on your breathing. Sit straight, inhale and exhale. This method activates the prefrontal cortex and improves concentration, attention and stress management.
3.3. Get proper sleep: Getting enough sleep helps your body maintain its energy levels. If you are deprived of sleep, your focus will be affected and your energy levels will drop. Proper rest improves your self-control and develops an environment in which your brain works really well.
4.4. Eat healthy: Eat plenty of protein and iron-rich foods and avoid skipping meals. This is because your ability to make the right decisions with the willpower you need depends on what you eat. Drink lemonade or dark chocolate to increase your energy levels. This will increase your willpower and improve your decision-making ability.