How do Healthy Habits beat their weaker self?

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How do Healthy Habits beat their weaker self?

If I drank a glass of water every time instead of the piece of chocolate, how would that change my life? Have you ever wondered that? What sounds impossible with the chocolate in your hand is not that difficult to implement. All you have to do is integrate Healthy Habits into your everyday life. It takes willpower to do that. What are the best strategies to turn resolutions into reality?

First things first: Schedule important activities that require a high level of willpower early in the day, after you’ve had a good night’s sleep. You can no longer postpone the morning exercise that you have already completed until tomorrow.
Out of sight, out of mind: Avoid temptation and simply remove tempting things from your environment. You can’t eat the chocolate you didn’t buy in the evening either.
Put off your inner weaker self: When faced with temptations that you can’t avoid, it’s best not to torment yourself with prohibitions, but say “Yes!” to temptation. In the same breath, however, postpone this temptation until later. This technique requires less willpower, because most of the time we simply forget about postponed temptations after a while.
Get a good night’s sleep: Discipline and willpower are at their highest when we’re rested.
Exercise: Through exercise – especially in the fresh air – our needs change and the hunger hormone ghrelin is also reduced, for example.

Don’t give the monkey sugar: It’s unbelievable, but true: the reward substance dopamine, which we get from consuming sugar, is released by our brain just at the thought of the addictive substance. Why harm the body when the “reward” is already there?
Don’t let stress set in: Stress weakens our “cool” thinking system, which helps us avoid temptation. Therefore, when we are stressed, we tend to neglect healthy routines and choose unhealthy temptations.
Set realistic goals and smaller interim goals: too many goals that are too ambitious are a sure recipe for resolutions to vanish into thin air.
Maintain order : Studies show that order promotes discipline. A tidy desk, a made bed, etc. help to maintain discipline.
Create if-then strategies: Prepare strategies that you use automatically in “hot” moments. These are often simple formulations such as “When I get the dessert menu, I order a coffee first. Only after the coffee do I decide whether I’m still hungry.”
Make a promise: Commitments—whether to yourself or to others—lead to success.
Keep the big picture in mind: Instead of thinking about the effort itself, think about what the reward for your effort is.

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