IS YOUR OBSESSION REALLY AN ADDICTION?
It’s unlikely to hear people brag about their addictions to alcohol, cocaine, gambling, or other behaviors that we would all undoubtedly deem as detrimental to health and well-being.
“But what about other addictions—unhealthy obsessions that masquerade as conscientiousness, dedication, devotion to something “healthy?” How often do you hear people proudly telling others about their obsession with the gym, their ever-progressively restrictive dietary protocols, or the fact that they’re tied to their Blackberries 24/7?”
THE BOTTOM LINE
These obsessions are not healthy. They don’t make you healthier, stronger/better, or more dedicated—they make you SICK. They make you a STRESS ADDICT, and expose you to a whole host of negative health consequences.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE ADDICTED TO STRESS
At first, the stress you are creating for yourself feels really good, which makes you think that what you’re doing is good for you. Truthfully, this behavior is creating inflammation in your brain and disrupting your brain chemistry, adrenals, thyroid, and probably sex hormones, too.
Eventually you’ll reach a point where the only way you can feel normal (not even happy, just normal) is to create just a little more stress for yourself. And then more. And then even more. (You’re basically developing a “tolerance” to stress.) And the more you get immersed in this cycle, the more your health, happiness, and quality of life take a sharp decline.
“You’ll be depressed, or barely keeping the depression at bay. You’ll be anxious. You’ll be irritable and irrational. You’ll start feeling like things are moving too fast, that you’re barely keeping up, that it’s all unraveling quickly. You’ll feel more isolated, so you’ll be less social. And the only thing that will keep you feeling even remotely like yourself is more of the same stress-inducing behavior.”
PRACTICE REAL DEDICATION
Take time to REST and RECOVER when you need it.
Create a healthy relationship with food. You should be able to enjoy a night out, or a”cheat” meal without guilt, remorse, or punishment.
Find a balance between your career and your quality of life. Don’t become too busy making a living that your forget to make a life.
Know when to ask for help. Acknowledge when you’re taking on too much. Admit when you need to take a break.
Remember, you are responsible for your health, and part of that responsibility is maintaining a healthy relationship with exercise, nutrition, and hard work so that these pursuits don’t cross the line into addictive, unhealthy behaviors.
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