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Self-control is something that everyone needs. Some need to exercise self-control over unhealthy eating, while others need to practice self-control over reckless behaviors. Whatever you may be working towards, learning to exercise and improve your self-control is the key to success. If you are working towards enhancing your self-control, here are a few tips to keep in mind. 


Have Solid Goals


Having solid goals to work towards will help you to exercise your self-control. When you know where you want to go in life and what you want to accomplish, that knowledge can help you stay on track and push us toward your goals. 


Remind Yourself of Consequences 


There are consequences to every action that we take. Self-control helps us to make healthy and safe choices. If you find yourself struggling to find and exercise your self-control, take time to think through the consequences of your actions. Is it worth it? Or is it more worth putting the effort in and staying on track for your goals?


Focus On One Goal at a Time


For some, feeling overwhelmed by too many things to do or to focus on actually hinders the ability to exercise self-control. Try to work on one thing at a time. Instead of thinking about all of your goals, try to zoom in on just one of them. Focus on all of the small steps that help you to reach your larger goals. Sometimes it can be easier to think about and focus on the end zone and the ultimate results you want out of your life. Try to focus on the process and your ability to take small steps. Small steps lead to big results. 


Plan Ahead and Avoid Temptation


Knowing what your triggers are is essential. Sometimes you are simply not ready to face certain temptations. Know your limits and respect them. There is nothing wrong with making your health a priority. 


We all have room to improve our self-control. If you struggle with mental health issues, addiction, or trauma, working on self-control may feel like a monumental task. Try to focus on one goal or task at a time, know your temptations, and never be afraid to reach out for help and support. Here at The Guest House, we focus on the goals that you set and want to achieve. We are all on unique paths toward healing and health. We are ready to support you through your temptations and down your path of recovery. Call The Guest House at (855) 483-7800 to learn more.