Good news. It turns out that if you add some time between your gut reaction and eating that ice-cream. You might make a different decision.
And the science is out. It takes 90 seconds for emotion or urges to pass. We can use this before checking social media, making purchases and screaming at someone. The list goes on.
Here’s the tricky part. If you add any thoughts to the emotion, it can linger on and becomes a mood.
Every time an urge comes about, start a 5 minutes countdown timer. And instead of adding fuel with our thoughts, just let it be.
And yes, I’m being conservative with 5 minutes. Because if it’s worth to eat that ice-cream, it’s worth it to wait 5 minutes.