Everyone knows this state: you are going to do something, but they interfere with you. Heck! Everyone bothers you, even if you are not going to do anything! It's all about the energy deficit that killed your self-control ...


The volitional center, the prefrontal cortex of the frontal lobes, is responsible for the function of self-control. This part of the cerebral cortex can be called the "heart of consciousness", since the key functions of consciousness depend on its activity: voluntary attention, long-term goal-setting, self-awareness and willpower.

The will center feeds on the same energy as the entire body. Therefore, if the body is deficient in energy, the will center will also experience it. Moreover, the automation that supports the basic vital functions of our body, for obvious reasons, receives the right of priority in the distribution of vital energy. And the logic here is simple: in an unconscious state we can not only exist, but also multiply, but consciousness is that expensive thing that is good when there is a lot of energy. But if there is little energy, it becomes unprofitable.

As a result, in a state of fatigue, the work of consciousness slows down, and with this, our self-control. We become more vulnerable to the impulses of the limbic system that create our emotional impulses. Hence - outbursts of anger and irritability. What to do about it?


Firstly, it is important to observe energy hygiene and never allow severe fatigue, keeping in mind how this may end. Wouldn't it be better to postpone things until tomorrow than ruin relations with colleagues or relatives because of your temperament, not held back by shaken self-control? Observe the work rhythm: if you feel tired, give yourself a break and a few minutes for psychoregulation.

Second, develop a will center. The more powerful it is, the more willpower you have. The volitional center, like any other part of the brain, is capable of growing due to its plasticity. Regular training will develop and strengthen it. And at the same time, it will be easier for you to control yourself even in moments of extreme fatigue.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Rudiyr. I was born and live in Russia. I am engaged in giving advice to people on mental health, self-improvement and harmonious development. I am also the author of the course "Philosophy of Practical Natural Science". In it, I consider issues of health, positive energy balance of a person, energy sources for a person (sleep, nutrition, physical activity, creativity) and other aspects that allow a person to live happily.