Need Self-Control? Try this 10 Minute Trick!

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Why is Self-Control important?

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.  Prov25:28

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control… 2 Pet 1:5

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled  1 Pet 4:7

I am terrible in the area of self-control!  But lately I’ve found something that significantly helps me.  I accidentally stumbled upon this strategy.  I have ADHD and I try everything OTHER than meds to help me.  (I don’t like how they make me feel).  Anyway, more than any nutritional supplement, one thing that helps so much is cardiovascular exercise. If I just jog for 10 minutes, it clears the fog off my mind for a good 3-4 hours.  The problem is-I’m not a morning person.  So, I’ve just endured the fogginess until mid-afternoon or evening when I get my run in.

Lately, it’s really bugged me. So, I decided to just do it.  10 minutes.  1 mile of jogging in the morning. 100 burned calories. Before work, I throw on some sweats & run on the treadmill. It’s just 10 minutes, and I hardly break a sweat. Since it’s only 10 minutes, it seems more do-able and not so foreboding a task.  A pleasant side effect–other than the relief of my distractibility–is I seem to have more self-control throughout the day in other areas.

Mind-Over-Body Principal

 I think this has something to do with the mind-over-body principal.  I am deciding with my mind to do something that my body absolutely does not want to do! In turn, my mind is more empowered throughout the day in other areas. You could apply this in lots of different ways, but I’m a runner so that’s my path.  Maybe you are more of a yoga or pushups/situps/jumping jacks kind of person.  Another way is to decide to start the day with a very healthy breakfast.  Choose the meal: lets say an egg-white omelet.  And choose with your mind to eat that every morning.  You are starting the day with your mind in control of your body.

Self-control: “restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires.”

The more your mind is in this position of decision and not your body’s cravings or desires, the more your self-control (or will power) is strengthened.  Those 10 minutes have definitely been a great help to me!

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