Healthy Gut Happy BrainPosted May 13, 2016 by Moragh Lippert
Why do we become addicted or exhibit negative or compulsive behaviour?
There are many reasonys why we fall into addictive tendencies including (but not limited to):
- Lost connection to our Spirit, our Authentic Self
- Cope with stress; relax
- Soothe emotional pain
- Fit into a social situation or gain strength
- Anxiety or depression
- Experience a “high”
- Boredom, disillusionment
- Hide from self-deceit, not living “to thine own self be true”
- PTSD, abuse or trauma
Addiction and compulsive behaviours have many causes and contributing factors. It is also important to know that they can develop out of physical conditions such as leaky gut, imbalance of the digestive microbiome, chemical imbalances, allergies and nutrient deficiencies.
When we address the physical causes, we end cravings, compulsion, depression and other mood imbalances and restore optimum health of body, mind and spirit; often without the need for prescription drugs.
If the physical causes are not treated, when the addictive behaviour is stopped, we can still experience cravings, mood swings, depression, anxiety, and other symptoms that make living a sober life very challenging.
Treating the physical imbalances is what I do in my practice, Guided Holistics. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I also work with clients so they can nurture in an integrated way, dis-harmony in body, mind and spirit.
Alternative ways to address the causes of this behaviour/addiction:
Now that you have an idea of what may trigger this behaviour, commit to a couple of the ways listed below to fulfill your needs in a healthier way –feel free to circle any or add your own:
- Work with a Health Care Professional to address the root cause of the issue
- Seek out a therapist or addictions counsellor
- Practice acceptance, self-forgiveness and compassion
- Mindfulness practice to help build awareness of thought patterns and behaviours such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, walking in nature
- Daily exercise
- Clean, healthy, whole diet, consider plant based
- Journaling – journal about the experience of feelings, thoughts and the behaviour; really delve into what is behind it (if you are up to it)
- Stress management
- Join a support group
- Connect with a supportive person, agency
- Go see a health professional
- Find a hobby
Set the intention and commit to helping yourself to reconnect with your Authentic Self!
Here is a great Kundalini Meditation for Healing Addiction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-r1q32rTxw
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