Not only does this help with anxiety and depression, but it'll also provide a boost of willpower. I've been trying this myself and with clients, and surprised at how much it's actually working. I also like that it's do-able - most of us can manage 5 minutes. Another one I really like is the suggestion of mindfulness. That's already in line with how I operate as a therapist, and it's just affirming to see yet another benefit of slowing down and being present with ourselves.
The premise of the book is to choose a willpower challenge - which could be related to a behavior you want more of, a behavior you want less of, or a bigger goal you're trying to reach. Then, each week you're meant to try out one of the willpower boosting suggestions. These are research-based and have previously been tried out by students who took "The Science of Willpower" course (so you're getting the best of the best). My willpower challenge was to be less snappy in my relationship (a thing I've been struggling with for years). Probably the best help for this was setting the intention, and getting more exercise. Turns out I'm not as irritable once I've run around the block a few times!
Now, go read the book.
ps. I'd love to hear what's worked best for you in terms of motivation - whether it be something from the book or a trick you've stumbled across elsewhere. Just add it in the comments!
Nicole Perry is a Registered Psychologist and writer with a private practice in Edmonton. Her approach is collaborative and feminist at its heart. She specializes in healing trauma, building shame resilience, and setting boundaries.
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This space will provide information, stories, and answers to big questions about some of my favorite topics - boundaries, burnout, trauma, self compassion, and shame resilience - all from a feminist counselling perspective. It's also a space I'm exploring and refining new ideas.