How to Stop Self-Sabotage?
We are all different so we all have different patterns and behaviors of self-sabotage. The key to stop self-sabotage is understanding your own self-sabotaging behaviors.
The first step on the process of stopping self-sabotage is to identify and understand what your self-sabotaging behaviors are. Take a listen to The Beyond the Food Show podcast episode 064 for more information on this.
The key thing will be to ask yourself these questions: What is my behavior? What is driving it? What is behind it?
My most expressed form of self-sabotage is procrastination where I have a mile-long list of things to do, but I don’t feel like doing anything. I keep thinking of how much work is in front of me and I feel overwhelmed. My anxiety kicks in and I just can’t get started. I can’t even do one thing on my list!
What’s behind this self-sabotage behavior? FEAR. Fear of failure. Fear that I won’t be able to do it perfectly, so I might as well not do it at all.
When dieting, this fear translates into trying to follow a diet perfectly or feeling like a failure. Fear that if you don’t lose the weight, you won’t be happy. Fear that you’re not good enough.
You’re not alone – we’ve all been there.
Being on a very restrictive diet and attempting to be perfect may be a major trigger for you. Research has demonstrated that people who are on a DIET experience 50% more cravings than those not on a diet.
Now that you’re aware of your self-sabotaging behavior triggers, know that you are perfect as you are right now. You are enough. We all have imperfections and that is part of being a human! Knowing this is your first step towards accepting yourself and what you think are your imperfections.