Impulsivity is characterised as a difficulty in self regulation and managing behaviours. Although there can be helpful aspects to this as you may be spontaneous, a risk taker, fun to be around but there can certainly be disadvantages also such as; difficulty maintaining plans, getting bored by tasks easily and possibly upsetting others.
There are various parts of the brain involved in assessing and managing information, but also in our responses (emotional/behavioural). There is recognition that there is a slowing down of information being shared between parts of the brain, this can impact increased impulsive behaviour.
Examples of impulsive behaviours (this list is not exhaustive):
-Buying things in the moment
-Building up debt/not being able to pay for other things
-Starting tasks but leaving them incomplete
-Making simple mistakes due to rushing
-Interrupting others/speaking over them
-Saying things without thinking
-Getting speeding fines
-Drinking excessively or taking drugs
If you can recognise one or all of these behaviours, especially if they are impacting your life, then starting to make some changes may be beneficial. If you would like a make a start, our impulsivity guide is available and you will have accountability check in messages weekly. You can always opt for further support after this if you require.
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