IS SMOKING POT SELF-SABOTAGE? OR JUST HAVING A BIT OF FUN?
The vast majority of people that I work with spend a lot of time, energy and focus on their health. Of course, some people either haven’t had the time, resources or awareness to be proactive. But most do not continue to struggle with complex chronic health issues for lack of effort, intelligence or knowledge.
You restrict your diet, take supplements, get treatments, maybe even do training to learn techniques to improve your health on a deeper level.
And of course, it goes without saying, that you want to feel better. You want your health to improve. Of course. You are highly motivated to do what it takes to get better.
And yet . . . there are things that you could be doing that you know would help, whether it’s related to diet, exercise, being consistent with taking botanicals or things that you’re doing that you try not to do - gorge on baked goods, stay up late, drink more than a helpful amount on the weekends . . .
I mean, you do all the other things - meditation, qi gong, avoid gluten. So is it really so bad that you do the thing that you know sets you back?
Are any of these things really self-sabatoge? Or is it just a matter of letting your hair down once in a while?
Wanting to have a “little bit of excitement” in your life is a normal, healthy human need. And god knows there’s nothing exciting about having a chronic illness, especially while trying to adult.
And there are ways this can show up as self-sabotage IF we fail to recognize it and work with it. Because you’re the only one keeping score and you’re the one that ultimately knows if you feel the way you want to or not.
If you’re doing 9 healthy habits but the one bad habit you haven’t let go of is keeping you from the life you really want to have, then that’s the deal. That’s what happening. If you want high fives for the 9 healthy habits, that’s fine. But you’re not feeling nearly as good as you could be.
Wouldn’t it be better to let go of what’s holding you back so you could get better for real?
Let’s take a closer look at what self-sabotage is and to keep it from derailing our progress towards our goals.