Thursday, June 3, 2010
Funny. I was reading a post on Fastcompany.com on "why change is so hard" (link below). Getting to exercise every day can be hard or eating green veggies, having a baby cry all night or having to do things at work you don't feel like you want to. Everyone has different ideas about where their comfort zone is, what their routine consists of and how hard or easy it is to establish the desired change to improve behavior, habits or your life in general.
Research has indicated that we simply run out of self control, as our daily activities can be demanding and apparently there IS a limit to what we can do in a day. If we cross that barrier.... oh oh: time's up!
"Psychologists have discovered that self-control is an exhaustible resource. (..) I mean a broader sense of self-supervision—any time you’re paying close attention to your actions, like when you’re having a tough conversation or trying to stay focused on a paper you’re writing. This helps to explain why, after a long hard day at the office, we’re more likely to snap at our spouses or have one drink too many—we’ve depleted our self-control."
I fully understand why my husband and I have come to grasp that it is holy mo folly to work 7 days a week, worry about establishing our farm properly, work a 9-5 and have other activities as well going on. I tend to monitor my "snappy level". If I have the tendency to bark I have crossed the line and I know I have to organize some happy self maintenance time.
How comfortable are you? Have you measured your pulse lately?