Some people seem to have more willpower than others, but is that really the case?
Do you ever wake up in the morning full of resolve to ‘be good’ only to give in to something mid-afternoon and then write off the rest of the day?
If you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health this can be a bit of a problem and we often put it down to a lack of willpower.
But willpower is like a battery, and it depletes through the course of the day.
The more decisions you have to make and the more stress you are under, the quicker the battery drains until you dip below your ‘people tolerance’ threshold and drive your wagon off the edge of a cliff.
One of the best ways to make sure your resolve lasts right the way through the day is to start paying attention to the quality of your sleep.
The Broken Sleep Cycle
After a busy day – especially one that has been fuelled by copious amounts of caffeine – we usually want a bit of time in the evening to unwind and relax.
The TV goes on, smart phones come out and we double screen our way through another Netflix binge-watch.
A lot has been written about how a ‘morning routine’ can set you up for a productive day.
But a more structured evening routine that promotes higher quality sleep can be just as effective.
Improve your willpower
Here are a few ideas for how you can start to improve your evening routine and sleep quality:
– Switch off screens earlier (especially social media!)
– Do all your ‘chores’ before you sit down to relax
– Bring your lights out time a little earlier
– Take a magnesium supplement an hour before bed
– Write down 3-5 things you have been grateful for during the day just before you switch out the lights
– Take a warm bath or shower in the evening
– Read a (fiction) book for a few minutes in bed
– Reduce the amount of caffeine you drink earlier on in the day
Progress, not perfection
There are loads of other things you could do and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
But a nudge in the right direction here will have a knock on effect on your willpower battery and the decisions you make the next day.