Episode 87: The Damage of Deprivation

In the week’s episode, we dive into the damaging effects of deprivation on our mindset.

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Definition of “deprive of”: to take (something) away from (someone or something): to not allow (someone or something) to have or keep (something)

Deprivation, by definition, means: the damaging lack of material benefits considered to be basic necessities in society or the lack or denial of something considered to be a necessity.

Power Takeaways From This Episode:

1. We take a look at the damaging psychology effects of being deprived.

2. Show how being deprived can lead to illogical and irrational behavior. (Binge or overeating ~ hoarding of money or as we all know toilet paper).

3. Feeling deprived of essential resources – love, food, money, time – can lead to anxiety or anger. We may obsess about the thing we’ve been deprived of. Or we may begin to feel that we need to operate in emergency mode.

4. Deprivation creates a scarcity mindset.

5. A scarcity mindset narrows our time frame, causing us to make impulsive, short-term decisions that increase our difficulties in the long-term, like putting overeating or hoarding food or not staying connected to your essential daily task, and hoping all of your life obligations will magically disappear.

6. Dealing with extremely limited resources increases the problems and barriers we have to deal with, resulting in mental fatigue and cognitive overload. Studies show that being lonely, or deprived, results in an unhealthy obsession, hyper-focus, and overvaluing of the thing we don’t have. Ironically, the nature of scarcity itself impedes our coping efforts.

7. Stress and anxiety associated with scarcity interfere with motivation, causing us to be more vulnerable to temptation.

8. The classic deprivation failure ~ The Crash Diet ~ that actually makes us more likely to binge eat – not to mention the physiological effects of hunger on thinking and performance.

The Solution:

Keeping your mindset positive by stacking momentum is the key to staying out in front of the overwhelm.

Here is my five-step formula for turn the feeling of deprivation into appreciation.

My formula for this is:

  1. Meditation ~ which includes my gratitude, visualization and manifestation for the day
  2. Movement ~ minimum of one workout and two walks per day
  3. Motivation ~ I read, watch or listen to something motivating and inspiring for a minimum of 15 minutes every day
  4. Encouragement ~ I send an encouraging message to at least three people every day (you can’t feel hopeless and helpless when you’re helpful)
  5. Breathe ~ focus on and control your breathing when you feel the stress and anxiety building.

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Thanks for listening to the Thrive Forever Fit Show!

Health and Happiness,

Jay Nixon