Overcoming self-destructive tendencies might seem difficult, but with the right information and attitude it can be accomplished much easier than you think.
Thanks for joining us for our final installment in self-destructive behaviors. Over the course of the last several posts we have been focusing our attention on this problem, as well as what defines it, the habits associated with it, and why people do it in the first place. To catch up on the series, please use the links below:
How To Overcome Self-Destruction
The first step, like with any life problem, is admitting that you have one. You will never change unless you admit that a change is needed and you are ready for it. This first step is sometimes the hardest as many people have a difficult time facing reality. Also, many people think that they always have everything under control, when in reality that is usually far from the truth.
Next, you have to make a list of all of your self-destructive behaviors. Be honest and truthful and list every single one no matter how insignificant you might think it is. Once you define these negative tendencies you will be better prepared in finding ways to combat them. You can also use this list to write out other positive changes you would like to see in yourself. There is nothing wrong with a little extra motivation.
Once you have your list, write out the reasons for why you do these things, along with the consequences. If you use drugs or alcohol every day, write down the reasons why. Each type of self-destructive behavior is partnered with some sort of trigger. The triggers are also key to developing a strategy to fix these problems. Most of all of our negative tendencies are brought on by triggers and when we understand these we can make a plan to avoid as many as possible. Avoiding triggers all together will make your life much more enjoyable.
You should also keep a journal with you. Every time you do something that is self-destructive, write it down. Make note of the time of day, what behavior you engaged in, as well as the trigger that ignited those feelings. Tracking your behaviors can help you identify problematic patterns that might be easily corrected.
These ideas are really the easy part of fixing your self-destruction. The hard part is putting a plan into action and sticking with it, because you also have to change as a person. You have to start taking responsibility for your actions and understand that there are many things within your power that you can control that will produce a positive outcome.
You also have to start thinking and acting in a positive manner because you will never see the change you want without acting on changing the bad. This can mean getting sober, cutting negative people out of your life, and making other healthy lifestyle changes.
Self-destruction does not have to be a one-way street to a lifetime of misery. There is help out there; all you have to do is want it! Continue reading to see how Legacy Freedom can be the light at the end of your tunnel.
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