Tips To Free Yourself From Addictive Behavior
“Addictive behavior comes in more forms than you might initially imagine; physical, psychological, societal, financial & more. Being honest with yourself will give you the best chance of success as you seek to discover how best to address what you want to change in your life.”
~Addictive behavior is personal: your body, mind & experiences are unique. So must be your way out. Make it your mission to find it. *Personalize your plan of response, making sure it addresses who you really are. Example: Don’t program anything at 7 am, if you aren’t a morning person. It will set you up for failure & demoralization.
~Do not underestimate the power of dietary changes: they have created incredible progress with even the most intense addictive tendencies & habits. *Discover your body chemistry & genetic & environmental history to help discern what will help.Example: As a person with a hyper personality & a genetic predisposition to mood swings, I know that organic foods, spices & oils dramatically ease what might otherwise be a raging spirit.
~If you are not moving somehow, someway, every day, you are cutting your chances dramatically of finding your way to a healthier life. *It does not matter if it’s walking your dog, swimming, yoga classes or weekend dancing with the girls or soccer with the boys. It is part of a necessary chemical balancing act that will reinforce good choices, habits & general lifestyle. Example: Most people, when self-medicating, have simply not yet experimented with the natural high (Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins) the body produces when laughing, singing, dancing, working out, meditating or enjoying the love of people & pets. Drugs & alcohol don’t even come close, & are a chronically lonely, toxic, destructive high.
~Find something to believe in that’s bigger than you. *Spiritual connection, community service, mentoring kids or the otherwise disenfranchised, saving animals. All that matters is being a productive part of a bigger picture, once you have acknowledged your difficulty. It keeps everything in relative perspective, & promotes appreciation in your everyday life, often forgotten in tougher times. Example: When you spend time working with others, especially those who are vulnerable, you not only step outside your own pain, add warmth to someone or something else, but also come away with a new set of priorities in a refreshed & motivated frame of mind, not to mention a good karma bank.
~Beware of destination addiction. *Although looking to improve is always a good thing, thinking everything will