The world is a chaotic place. At times it's easy to feel overwhelmed and that you can’t cope with all that’s going on.
As a result, you may find yourself engaging in unhealthy habits and behaviors that are not good for your mind, body or soul.
Self-destructive behavior can manifest in many ways. It might start off innocently enough and then spiral completely out of control.
Self-destructive habits can become addictions that flare up when you need to escape uncomfortable situations or avoid intense emotions - they help mask feelings of self-loathing and low self-esteem.
Common Destructive Behaviors
Apathy (failing to take action in life)
When you regularly engage in self-destructive behavior, it blocks personal growth and emotional maturity. It affects all areas of your life and your relationships.
For example, you tell yourself that you are someone that needs a drink to relax and connect with others. Yet because you have a problem, you end up saying and doing things that create conflicts in your relationships.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, you should seek medical attention and counseling. In addition, deep spiritual work can help you find peace of mind and get you re-connected to your feelings.
Meditation, yoga, spending time in nature, nurturing your body with good food and finding a support group of like-minded people are all ways that you can start to take better care of yourself and make healthier choices.
When you are doing things that fill you up with new energy and purpose you will begin to feel more self-love and self-acceptance.
Over time, you will learn new coping skills to process and deal with intense emotions and uncomfortable feelings.
Emotionally happy and grounded people are less likely to want to bring a lot of chaos and negativity into their lives.