It seems that as long as we have the willpower to do something, we can achieve it, right? Well, the thing is… willpower isn’t just something that magically appears. It takes true strength and energy to develop and maintain the willpower to do something.
Today, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite strategies (or exercises) to help you increase your willpower and start living a more peaceful life:
Ease stress and anxiety by relaxing your mind, body and spirit. True relaxation means giving your body a break by slowing down your heart rate and taking deep breaths. If you ever start to feel anxious, overhwelmed or angry… go to a quiet space, close your eyes and tune all focus into your breathing. You will boost your willpower when you are in a relaxed state of mind.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to your experiences, both good and bad. Recognize your feelings without getting caught up in them and support yourself in a way where you can find appropriate solutions. Always be happy with who you are and who you can become. Willpower requires the will to resist and the power of a resolved mind.
Choose your battles wisely. Before acting on impulse, remember what you’ll be gaining from the fight. If you’re in a disagreement, choose to say nothing or walk away knowing you’re at peace with your decision. The willpower to stay strong in any situation can be the most difficult, but with the right mindset, the outcome will be truly positive!
Stress has several negative effects on our bodies. When you’re under high levels of stress, you’re more likely going to act instinctively, which will lead to poor outcomes. To relieve stress, follow the steps I’ve listed above:
- Relax! Take deep breaths and really tune into what exactly is stressing you out at the moment.
- Pay attention to why you’re feeling stressed and what you would like the outcome to be.
- Stay strong! Is the situation truly worth getting worked up over? What positive outcome is resulting in your stressful situation?
The willpower to eat healthier.
The willpower to resist temptations.
The willpower to live a happier life.