How to end unhealthy attachments?

Sad girl healthy in mind

Whenever we decide to make a healthy change in our lives, the struggle that ensues has its root in an unhealthy attachment.
A few years ago, I developed a crippling dependence on pain pills. It was absolutely the most terrifying time of my life, and I don’t know about other addicts but I was fully aware that I was indulging in self-destructive behaviour. Even so, I was unable to stop until I had a physical breakdown in the middle of a lonely road and woke-up scared out of my mind. I got myself into a detox program and willingly committed to the pain and struggle of overcoming the addiction.

Related: 5 Steps To Rapid Personal Growth

My story had a happy ending. In fact, I am glad that it happened because that one unhealthy habit forced me to take a good hard look at my life and triggered a whole series of change. Today, I am ridiculously healthy with enough willpower to say NO to anything that even remotely threatens my mental, emotional, or physical health.
Unfortunately, not everyone can say the same about the addictions or the attachments that are weighing them down. In view of that, I am sharing this article that might help you find your way to a healthier life.

Related: 11 Warning Signs Of A Mental Illness

1. Let go of the guilt

It could be something as inconsequential as an extra spoon of sugar in the coffee and you could be feeling the guilt of a criminal. Trust me, I do that all the time. Whenever I slip up and add a little extra sugar, I call myself a whole bunch of awful names.

How much worse would the guilt be if you’re addicted to something truly destructive to your health and emotions? It could be drugs, alcohol, or even the wrong person.

Related: Understand and Identify signs of an Emotionally abusive relationship

Just saying the word ‘addict’ is so difficult for most people. It has a lot of shame attached to it. People may act sympathetic to the plight of those struggling with addiction but they’re also suspicious and condescending. This may send you into hiding, desperately trying to hide your feelings behind sad attempts at normalcy and as long as you do that, there is no possibility of you building a healthier life.

If the guilt keeps you from dragging the issue out in the open, you’ll never be able to resolve the issue.

Related: Exercises To Help Resolve Emotional Issues

2. Seek to Understand

There is always something that keeps the attachment alive and strong. You need to understand your motivation for indulging in behaviour that you know is unhealthy. The moment you figure out what pushed you into developing the attachment, you’ll find yourself closer to the solution.

Related: Step-by-step guide to becoming more self-aware

Think about people who indulge in comfort eating. The food is their security blanket. Every embarrassment, self-doubt, emotional issue gets handled with a fistful of fat and carbohydrates. It gives you a temporary reprieve from your reality and before you know it, you’re coming back to that jar of cookies every time things go wrong.

3. Incentivise yourself to let go

Why would you want to give up something that makes you feel good? Sure, consciously you know that you are treading a dangerous path, but the feeling of relief with every hit is also strong. See, our brain isn’t wired to help us build a better life. It’s wired to protect us from discomfort and to help us survive.

Related: How to rewire your Brain for a Healthier & Happier Life?

If your toxic attachment has you convinced that it’s the only thing getting you through the day, you won’t be able to walk away from it. A sense of helplessness will always overwhelm good judgment.

So, here’s what you do –

A. Think about what this attachment has turned you into

Till a few years ago, my life was full of toxic relationships and I was just letting these people walk all over me. I strongly avoid confrontations so I allowed the situation to continue.

Related: How to deal with toxic people in your life

Fortunately, when I sought help for my dependence on pain pills, I was forced to review my whole life. When the choice was reduced to one between having some sense of self-respect or playing it safe with my family, the choice became really easy.

B. Think about your goals and everything you want to achieve in your life.

What kind of person do you want to be? Do you want to be someone hiding a shameful secret or someone who boldly confronts her issues and lives life with grace and dignity?

Related: How A Victim Mentality Can Destroy Your Life? 5 Steps To Go From Survivor To Fighter

C. Focus on those who care about you

Love can be a pretty strong incentive. The people we love can be our weakness or they can be our strength. Think about all those who care about you; people who care about us don’t like to see us suffer. They are willing to show up and hold our hands through every difficult moment. Allow them to help you. Make them a reason to do better.

D. Put all of this down on a piece of paper. Read it whenever you find yourself weakening.

4. Come up with a plan

Unhealthy attachments leave us weak and vulnerable. It’s not something that you can resolve with just the strength of your determination. This is especially true in the case of dependence on alcohol, narcotics, sex, and unhealthy, dangerous relationships.

Understand your addiction and with all the information at your disposal, chalk out a plan. Draft a strong strategy with micro-goals. Change of this nature is best made in increments. So, give yourself mini-wins and make sure to celebrate every milestone you cross as positive reinforcement.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to a Daily System for Higher Productivity

5. Find a healthy replacement

Replace your unhealthy attachment with a healthy one.

6. Try Spiritual Exercises

Hypnotherapy has been known to treat even the strongest addictions and many psychological issues. Meditation and visualization may also bring you comfort.

Related: Creative Visualization – Intent, Benefits, and Technique

I strongly believe that having faith in a higher power can help us overcome insurmountable challenges. This higher power could be anything – god, energy, the universe. You simply have to believe for it to help you build mental strength and reserve that can carry you through the struggle.

Related: Why and How to cultivate spiritual practices?

7. Seek Help

There are certain addiction and attachments that amount to a sickness. We are not equipped to deal with them on our own so, it’s best to approach a professional. Joining a support group helps a lot. You can share your journey with others going through something similar, and these are people who will really understand your struggle. They can even be your accountability partners.

If you want to have the life you deserve, you need to let go of anything and everything that keeps you small. This means that you must learn to end all your unhealthy attachments and move past the feeling of shame and guilt.

Your past doesn’t define your today, and you have the power to change your life to the one you actually want. Please, don’t play a victim to circumstances. Recognise your own strengths and fight for a better tomorrow.

Keep Reading

Read The Latest Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Brain Behind The Blog

Hi! I'm Krati Mehra

Profile Photo

I know what it’s like to fall apart and gradually put your pieces back together to build something better than what you had before and I share all my lessons in this space hoping that you will share my learnings without the struggle.

Search

What is your EmoPersona Archetype?

Find out what makes you, YOU. Take the leap, embrace your strengths, understand your struggles, and start your journey to emotional mastery today. It’s not just a quiz, it’s the beginning of a personal revolution. 

POPULAR CATEGORIES

Emotional Empowerment

Unlock a new level of growth and a world of possibilities with emotional mastery. 

Personal Transformation

Everything that can help you design a life in alignment in with your goals

Relationships

Repair broken relationships and create new, healthy ones that become part of your support system

Mind and spirit

Reprogram your subconscious to let go of past trauma, build a belief system that supports your goals, & practice calming rituals.

So, Who runs this joint?

Hi! I'm Krati Mehra

As someone who has been on very friendly terms with that pesky imp called, ‘rock bottom’ – I know and understand its soul destroying tendencies and how best to learn from it so that you can leave it behind and live a life that you can be proud of even on your worst days…that’s the kind of content I share around this corner.

We talk about anything and everything that can impact your self-improvement goals, relationships, as well as mental and emotional health.

I’m an empowerment coach, podcaster, a daughter, massive superhero nerd, and a woman with a passion for transformation that translates to enduring  health, happiness, and success. I am thrilled that you’re here, and I look forward to connecting with you.

Conquer Fears, Ignite Confidence, & Achieve Your Dreams

Are you ready to get off the sidelines ?

Tired of being held back by your own insecurities? And yearn for the courage and confidence to pursue what truly excites you? No matter your starting point or the magnitude of your dreams, my course, Conscious Courage, can help you silence the inner critic, rewire limiting beliefs, and cultivate unwavering self-belief so you can boldly create the reality you desire.

Ready for something more

focused, comprehensive, and custom?

If yes, perhaps you’re ready for 1:1 coaching.  I coach ambitious humans who are ready to go all in on their dreams. So, if you’re done fantasising and planning and now need the internal tools to turn those plans into reality, book an inquiry call and we can get started. If we’re a good fit, I will be your guide and companion in this journey till I’ve successfully taken you to the finish line.  

 

The workbook will be sent straight to your inbox!