Everyone of you has a dog, and that dog is you. You have to train your dog. One of my patients complained that she could not lose weight because of poor sleep. She would lie awake for hours in the middle of the night, then get up and get something to eat figuring that "she was awake anyway."
But I pointed out that she was not eating because she was awake, but rather staying awake so she could eat. Picture her as a dog, I said. Stay awake, girl. Stay awake... stay awake... good girl. Now you can have a treat.
When she looked at the problem in this way and stopped putting treats in the refrigerator, she returned to sleeping through the night.
You can think of many ways in which you train yourself to do things you don’t want to do. Take control. Especially parents. You can’t train your kids if you make no effort to train yourself.
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