Have you ever heard of self-sabotage? If not here is the definition, self-sabotage is the behaviors or thought patterns that hold you back and prevent you from doing what you want to do. This could be self medication, drug/alcohol abuse, emotional eating, procrastination, self harm, etc……. Does that ring a bell? It does for me, I tend to self-sabotage a lot and sometimes I do it without even knowing it.
My main self-sabotage behaviors are procrastination, emotion eating, and negative self talk. It is like sometimes I convince myself I do not deserve to be happy with myself or the only way to cope with my physical pain is to eat that sugary sweet food until I want to throw up. I prevent myself from reaching goals that I set for myself. It’s hard to even admit it because it hurts that I am the one causing setbacks in my life.
Now obviously I want to change so here are my goals for February and how I’m going to achieve them!
- Stop procrastinating on homework – write down all assignments down on a to-do list sorted by the week they are due.
- Complete the first four weeks of medical weight loss program- Use all the tools you have like going to therapy, journaling, leaning on family for support, believing in yourself.
- Work on positive talk- going to therapy, journaling my feelings, and morning affirmations.
- Work on time management skills- To-do list for daily tasks, create a daily routine, use a calendar to help stop scheduling issues.
Self-sabotaging is normal human behavior but it can affect your daily life. So I encourage you if you are like me, “your own worst enemy”, to first admit it to yourself if you haven’t already, identify how you self-sabotage, set some goals, and work to change these behaviors/patterns. Also do not be afraid to seek help if you need it! You are not alone! You got this !
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