8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Self-Control

The basic definition of self-control, according to psychologists, is “the ability to manage one’s impulses, emotions, and behaviors to achieve long-term goals.” Lacking self-control, especially when it comes to controlling emotions (from intense to merely mildly annoying) however, is more common than you think and a lot of people face this problem on a daily basis. The good news is that you can learn how to control your emotions easily because self-control is one of the most important skills you can ever teach yourself.

We at Bright Side hope you will find a way to improve your self-control and become happier in general. So here is our list of things that can help you get a handle on your emotions, regain self-control, and become the master of your own life.

1-Remember to smile

According to a recent study, a smile can definitely go a mile. Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it at all, can trick your brain into believing you are happy. It also goes without saying that smiling will make you look more attractive in the eyes of others because nobody is more beautiful than when they smile! You can watch our video about the power of smiling.

2- Focus on your breath.

Learning how to control your breath is one of the most vital lessons you can learn. It might be easier said than done but in the words of the spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, the key to inner transformation is living in the present moment. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breath when you are feeling overwhelmed. Tolle says that when you are conscious of your breath, you are totally present and it stops your mind from racing.

3- Start journaling.

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