Where do Your Comfort Habits Take You?
My clients often tell me they need to eat a certain food, and a lot of it, to get to an emotional comfort zone they crave. This comfort zone is a place that feels like “home”, “safe” or “contentment”, a place that can make you feel “happy” and lifts your mood. When you find peace of mind through indulgence in a craving, can this path lead you to addictions? You feel the urge to indulge and, on a good day, a little seems to do the trick, but on bad day a lot is needed.
The infamous dark chocolate bar... One bite usually does the trick, but on a challenging day the whole bar is needed! Your dark chocolate instead may be the muffin or muffins, glass of wine or bottle, a puff of a cigarette or a joint, an herbal tea for relaxation or sleeping pills, pain killers...the list goes on. You get the picture?
This behavior is labeled by counselors as addiction of various degrees, and the line to cross from a casual habit, to a persistent nagging habit, to addiction is ever so fine and subtle. Sometimes people are under the delusion that, 'This is just a bad habit and tomorrow I'll abstain'. Yet, three days later, they find justified reason to indulge again.