We all have moments when we get in our own way, whether it's reaching for the cake when we promised ourselves we wouldn't, or talking to someone who has treated us badly in the past. These self-sabotage behaviors may become the norm for people struggling with mental health issues, but they can be more extreme and more damaging. It's easy to blame others and circumstances for why we're not successful or content in life, but the truth is that it's our own actions that determine these things. Here are six ways you could be sabotaging your own life.
If this sounds familiar, you may be sabotaging yourself. Self-sabotage refers to behaviors or thought patterns that impede us from doing what we want to do. Behavior is said to be self-sabotaging when it creates problems in daily life and hinders long-term goals. The most common self-sabotage behaviors include procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-harm, such as cutting.