Posted on June 3, 2016 at 8:37 AM by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists
By Paige Harnish, LISW -- Licensed Mental Health Clinician
Have you ever thought, “I know what I need to do, but I just don’t do it” when it comes to weight loss or other areas of your life? If so, you may be experiencing common mental conflicts that often lead to self-sabotaging behaviors.
Self-sabotage is a behavior that interferes with long-standing goals such as weight loss. These unhealthy behaviors can happen as a result of being faced with the choice of giving into a temptation or preserving a goal. But why do people self-sabotage and what can be done to avoid or manage self-sabotaging thoughts or behaviors?
Why do we self-sabotage?
Self-sabotaging behaviors are often developed early in life for the purpose of coping with emotion or stress. Stopping and avoiding self-sabotaging behaviors can be very difficult because the behaviors are often well-established and familiar, which can prompt fear of change, fear of the unknown, and negative self-talk such as reminding ourselves of past failed attempts to change. The stress of making lifestyle changes alone can be enough to promote self-sabotaging behaviors.
How can you avoid self-sabotage?
Practice prevention by committing to healthy habits. Managing stress, emotion, and eating habits requires healthy practice of a variety of lifestyle behaviors including sleep hygiene, exercise, nutrition, relaxation, social connection, and healthy coping.
If concern for self-sabotaging behaviors persists after practicing management techniques or if concern causes significant distress, additional support may be needed. Iowa Weight Loss Specialists offers a variety of supportive services that can be accessed at any point of your weight loss journey. Visit our website at www.iowaweightloss.com for more information or call to make an appointment.
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