When it comes to making wise decisions, self-control plays a critical role in negating the urge to act in unsavory ways. We’re all aware of the effects of consuming alcohol, it lowers inhibitions, hence why people use it to deal with social situations.
But there are many other ways self-control is altered. Ego depletion is an example of a not so obvious culprit, i.e.:
- making a series of difficult decisions back to back
- working long hours
- low glucose levels because you haven’t eaten all day
- or even making sacrifices in unrelated areas: feeling good for not indulging in that chocolate cake at lunch
Watch out for these other culprits, the can be just as efficacious at derailing your good intentions.