I am always looking for ways to control temptation!
Anything that will help me gain more mental strength is a good thing.
I read an interesting article the other day about some research done in the field of addiction
You can get a pretty good overview of that research by reading the following article
Basically, researchers found that individuals who actively train their working memory
Also show an increase in impulse control
And a greater ability to resist temptation!
This could apply to anyone who struggles with temptations or addictions
From avoiding alcohol to avoiding Twinkies!
So the question is this….
What exactly IS your “Working Memory”
Working memory is memory in action
Being able to access information you need to complete a task
Working memory has a lot to do with staying focused and avoiding distractions
Research has shown a correlation between working memory and impulse control
So what kinds of things strengthen your working memory?
And NOW….I understand
Because these are all things I am terrible at
As a matter of fact, anyone that knows me well knows that I hate puzzles
I have a terrible time with them
Once in college, we were given an experiment to do in a psychology class
We had to match shapes with their mirror images
I got almost every one of them wrong
The professor even pulled me aside and asked me if I was dyslexic
I’m not BUT I have a really hard time seeing things like that
I’ve never enjoyed word jumbles, crossword puzzles or memory games
And I also am the type of person who loses their keys
Can’t remember their own phone number
And needs to set off the sound on the car key to find the car!
It does not surprise me in the LEAST that people who have weak memories
Also have weak impulse control and are more prone to temptation!
BUT if research has shown that working on these areas will help me
Then work on it I will!!!
I have decided to embark on an experiment
I am going to actively try to strengthen my working memory
And see if it helps me in the area of weight loss, impulse control (DONUTS) and things of that nature!
So I’m looking for anything that helps train working memory
I found an app called Lumosity which was free and downloaded that
It is something you work on daily for training working memory
Every day it gives me certain tasks to do and it does not take long
I read another article that says working memory training done AFTER aerobic exercise
Increases the effectiveness of it!
SO….my goal is to combine these two pieces of information and try a little experiment
After I work out, I will do the Lumosity activities
And I will also make an effort to participate in other working memory activities
Such as puzzles, crosswords and things of that nature
Now let it be heard…
I totally HATE these things and do not enjoy them
I am the WORST at puzzles
It’s one of the reasons I would never apply to be on Survivor
Not only would I be terrible in all the physical competitions
I would be awful at the puzzles too!!
(Well there’s also the lack of food, bugs, being hot and showing yourself in a swimsuit on TV)
So yeah…..no Survivor….
ANYWAY….back to the topic on hand
((See how easily I get distracted??))
SO….if there is a chance that this sort of thing can help curb temptation
Increase Impulse Control
And help me make better decisions in my weight loss journey
Then I’m ALL IN!!!
SO….I am off to purchase a puzzle
And a Jumbo Crossword Book
If you have any suggestions for other things that help with training working memory
Then let me know!!