Self-sabotage is a behavior that can have a negative impact on our lives, preventing us from achieving our goals and reducing our self-confidence. It can manifest in many forms, such as procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and self-harm. Although it's very common, it's an incredibly frustrating cycle of behavior that can be difficult to break. At the root of self-sabotage is often a lack of self-esteem.
We may not have been taught how to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, so we resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms in order to suppress them. This can be a way of avoiding uncomfortable emotions or situations, even if it is only temporary. It's important to understand why we are engaging in self-sabotaging behavior in order to break the cycle. We need to learn how to manage our emotions and build our self-confidence in order to reach our goals.
It's also important to recognize when we are engaging in self-sabotage and take steps to address it.