Impulsive Behavior and to Help Deal with it.
There are many things which cause impulsive behavior, including lifestyle attitudes and illnesses. Many of us have to be careful about spending too much money, or other temptations. Impulsive behavior is also present in several different disorders and conditions: Parkinson’s disease, Kleptomania, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Ways to deal with impulsive behavior.
1. Remove temptations
It doesn’t really matter what the temptation is, but what matters most is how available those temptations are to you. To help you curb impulsive spending, drinking alcohol, or excessive eating, you must remove the temptation or remove anything that helps you get to your temptation.
For instance, if you cannot stop spending your paycheck , then opt to have a big portion deposited into a savings account instead. If fast food is your problem, then cook a meal at home before you go out. If you go out after you’ve eaten, you are less likely to want unhealthy junk food meals.
2. Rewards. Make a deal with yourself that if you are able to resist what you really want, you will reward yourself in another way. Say, for instance, every time you don’t drive to town and get a treat, you place money in a reward jar for savings.
Maybe this savings fund is for a vacation. If you keep the vacation in mind, it will help you resist the urge to do that impulsive thing.
3. Reduce stress. During stressful times, impulse control is decreased. If I had been a bit calmer, I may have made better decisions. I wish many times I had talked to somebody before I did something stupid.
4. Reminders. Sometimes it helps to remind yourself why you need to control your impulses. Remind yourself about the consequences of your actions so maybe you will have the desire to try harder.
When it comes to unhealthy eating, remember the influence “bad” foods have over your metabolism, your energy levels, and much more. Research the effects of unhealthy eating, drinking, smoking, gambling, etc.
Research the effects of making poor decisions. Always remind yourself of what can happen when you give in to impulsive behavior. Then remind yourself of the good things that come with making wise decisions.
5. Professional help. There’s always professional help when you feel yourself losing control. Impulsive behavior can actually cause devastating consequences when left unchecked.
Support from family and friends is a great option, but sometimes only a professional can formulate a plan to set you on the road to recovery.
Over time, as you limit your impulsive behavior, you will also begin to change your entire mindset. Your confidence will double!
Change isn’t always easy. It wasn’t for me. It will take time learning to control your impulsive behavior, but when you do, you will have a much better outlook on life.