Today I’d like to introduce Ashley Andrews to the TwinCitiesView Community. Let’s give her a big warm welcome! Enjoy her article on the very important topic, HABITS (we all have them!)
Habits: Deciphering the Good from the Bad
Everyone has good and bad habits. Most are aware that repeating habits can lead to addictions. However, when the topic of addiction is bought up, most are taught that it’s a bad thing. If you become addicted to something, you must immediately seek help and stop what you’re doing before you tear your life apart. Though this is true for serious addictions like drugs, alcohol, and sex, not all habits qualify as addictions.
Habits vs. Addictions
Both habits and addictions are behaviors or actions that you repeat on a regular basis whether we’re talking about brushing your teeth or drinking a glass of wine at the end of a long day. So, how do you know when something has crossed over from being a habit to an addiction?
One of the main identifiers that you’re no longer dealing with a habit is the method for which is required to stop or treat the matter. While habits can be broken with some alterations to your behaviors and daily activities, an addiction in most cases will require professional treatment options and ultimately is an ongoing battle.
If you decide you don’t want to work out as much as you have in the past, it’s as simple as stopping and adjusting your routine by adding more things you want to do and reducing those trips to the gym. However, if you decide you don’t want to drink or use drugs anymore, trying to stop is often met with a lot of failed attempts and the worsening of the quality of your life. According to Hotel California, a clinic for substance abuse rehab that Orange County residents use, this is a sign that it’s beyond your control and you need professional help.
Another difference between a habit and addiction is when you try to stop or go without it for a moment and you find that you can’t or your body tells you it’s not a good idea. For instance, if your habit of choice is drinking coffee every morning, going a day without it might lead to a bit of a mood swing, but not anything that will impact your physical or emotional health long-term.
On the contrary, if your habit has been taking a drink every day after work you could quickly find out that you’re suffering from an addiction – one that requires immediate attention. Often, habitual drinkers who try to stop or even disrupt their pattern for a day end up suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
How Do You Know if an Addiction is a Positive One?
Can there actually be things in life that you can be addicted to in an acceptable way? Yes. In fact, there are a lot of good habits and addictions that people engage in every day that improves the quality of their life. Here are some of the signs that your addiction is okay or beneficial:
· It doesn’t have any negative impact on your life.
· It doesn’t cause you to act out of character or engage in reckless behavior.
· It provides a value well-beyond the “pleasure centers” of the brain. (In other words, it provides some benefit to you physically, mentally, or spiritually)
· You have no shame in sharing this addiction with others.
· It does not consume your life but is simply a part of a routine or habit you’ve developed.
· It is not used to cope with stress or mask emotions.
Examples of Positive Addictions or Habits
You’re aware that doing drugs, drinking alcohol irresponsibly, taking more than the prescribed dose of prescriptions, shopping too much, gambling a lot, or wanting and engaging in risky sexual encounters can all lead to addictions that are detrimental to the quality of your life. Yet, what are some of the more positive addictions out there:
· Eating healthy
· Cleaning (which some might refer to as a neat freak)
· Saving money
There is a thin line between habits and addictions. While there are some habits as described above that can be great for you, keep in mind that too much of anything can backfire. Therefore, it’s more about finding a healthy balance with your positive addictions and habits. Should you find that you’ve developed a bad habit or negative addiction such as those discussed above, getting professional help is ideal to ensure those habits don’t take over your life.
Thank you Ashley for this amazing article. I’m sure it will help many people decipher between the good, the bad, & the down right ugly HABITS/addictions. It’s important to know the difference and when to seek help.
Take care readers!
-Twin Cities View
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