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Four Simple Tricks to Boost Willpower

Update Date: Aug 06, 2014 02:58 PM EDT

Willpower is a response that comes from both brain and the body. 

Generally people have an overly positive vision of themselves and their abilities. However, people who think they have the most willpower are most likely to give in to temptation. 

Read: Removing Temptation Makes Goals Easier to Achieve

Here are four easy options you can increase the pool of willpower and live a better life. 

1. Prepare yourself to manage stress

For an enhanced will power, managing stress levels is necessary. Experts suggest stopping to take a few deep breaths when we feel overwhelmed or tempted. A small step can be a great start in managing our stress levels and improving our willpower. 

Read: Four Proven Ways To Unwind 

2. Finish important things early

Willpower is limited and it's highest early in the day. As we take more decisions, it empties like a water tank. This fact leads to a simple solution: do the most important things first, because as the day goes on it will only get harder to face big challenges. 

Read: Morning Light May Boost Weight Loss

3. Procrastination can improve willpower

Procrastination boosts self-control, according to some experts. According to the recent research, telling yourself "Not now, but later" is far more powerful than "No, you can't have that." 

"... people who had told themselves "Not now, but later" were less troubled with visions of chocolate cake than the other two groups... Those in the postponement condition actually ate significantly less than those in the self-denial condition... [Willpower: Resdiscovering the Greatest Human Strength]

4. Don't underestimate sleep

Getting enough sleep makes a big difference to how efficiently the prefrontal cortex works. Sleep also helps brain manage energy better. 

According to experts, "people who sleep between 6.5 hours and 7.5 hours a night, live the longest, are happier and most productive". 

Read: CDC: Sleep Deprivation is Bad for Health

Further reading: Reading Horoscopes May Diminish Willpower

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