#742 A little bit of reflection

Understanding this difference between under- and mis-regulation, a key coping strategy becomes obvious–at least it has in my own life. Instead of thinking of how awful, weak, or inadequate I am when I feel like “giving in to feel good” by breaking a nutrition plan, skipping a work out or avoiding an aversive task, I reflect on what’s really going on in my head and “heart” at that precipitous moment of choice. I feel like giving in to my craving or to avoiding the workout or task because I believe I will feel better for doing so. But the truth is, I won’t. In fact, even a little bit of reflection quickly reveals how I–particularly future me–will actually feel worse for this choice. Both personal experience and research make this clear

Read more at An Essential Self-Regulation Strategy by Dr. Timothy Pychyl at Psychology Today

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