Willpower is a limited resource.
When you wake up in the morning, you start with a certain amount of willpower. Unfortunately, every decision you make, every temptation you resist, uses up some of that willpower. And the later in the day it gets, the harder it gets to do anything that requires self-discipline.
In other words, the longer you’re awake, the more likely you are to procrastinate, or give in to a craving.
Luckily, there are things you can do to boost your willpower. These techniques might not get your willpower back up to full strength. But they can give you the boost you need to get to work on an important project in the afternoon, or resist eating another piece of chocolate cake after dinner.
So, without further ado, here are three things you can do to increase your willpower.
1. Eat or Drink the Right Thing
Studies show that people with low glucose levels have less willpower.
And what’s one thing that can deplete glucose levels? Why, using your willpower, of course.
The good news is that easy to increase your glucose levels. All it takes is a trip to the kitchen.
For a quick willpower boost, you can drink something sweetened with sugar, like lemonade or iced tea. A healthier alternative is to eat something high in protein and carbohydrates, like a turkey and Swiss sandwich on whole wheat bread.
2. Give Yourself a Mood Boost.
Have you noticed that it’s harder to get yourself to do anything when you’re in a bad mood? But when you’re in a good mood, you’re more likely to do a little cleaning, or make that phone call you’ve been putting off all week.
Your emotions can affect your willpower. And one way to increase your willpower is to do something that usually makes you feel better. So call up a friend to chat for a few minutes. Or sit on the porch and let yourself relax for a while. Or read your favorite chapter in your favorite book.
Laughter is also a great mood booster. So do something that will make you laugh, or at least smile. Watching a funny movie, an episode of your favorite sitcom, or a hilarious video on YouTube should do the trick.
3. Take a Nap.
Your willpower is replenished as you sleep. That’s why your daily supply of willpower is highest when you first wake up in the morning. So one of the best ways to increase your willpower is to get some sleep.
It would be great if you could sleep for an hour or two every afternoon. But even a fifteen to thirty minute nap can boost your willpower.
If you can’t take a nap in the afternoon, try to get more sleep at night. Choose a bedtime that allows you to sleep for at least seven to eight hours. Then do your best to stick to that bedtime.
Does your willpower fade over the course of the day? As evening approaches, do you find yourself procrastinating more, and resisting temptation less. If so, give these willpower boosters a try. They might be just what you need to get more done any time of the day.