Today’s Word: self-control

January 21, 2018 =========

☆  self-control 自制心


Self-control is the ability to not show your feelings or not do the things that your feelings make you want to do… for example, study English when you’d rather watch TV! Do you have a lot of self-control, or do you wish you had more? Most people (in Australia and the US) wish they had more self-control when it comes to eating healthily and exercising. How about in Japan?

Do you think it is possible to increase your self-control? Research seems to say that self-control and willpower are like muscles, you can strengthen them, but they also get tired and weak when we use them a lot… one thing the research shows is that “decision fatigue” can weaken our self-control. In other words, when we have to make too many decisions, we get tired and by the end of the day, our self-control is very weak. So, things like, deciding your To Do’s for tomorrow, or deciding your clothes, or what you will eat for lunch, the night before can really help. Do you make these kinds of simple decisions the night before, or at the time? I’ve been trying to work towards setting these decisions the night before, and it has helped a lot!