MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018
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Don't do drugs! Stay in school! Your physical instructor likely screamed this stuff at you back in college. I know, I've got it, you thought. Drugs are bad and I'm not going to become a drug addict, now just let me go play tetherball!
Chances are, you were probably right, and your instructor did a stand-up job. But drugs aren't the only things that can fuel a life-controlling habit. Today, millions are struggling with some variation of addictive behaviour-anything from social media to shopping to food. These are incredibly powerful drives, robbing individuals of their ability to make rational choices and avoid risk.
Continued pursuit of risky sexual activity despite the potential negative impact it may have on your health and/or relationships.
Feeling restless and irritable when you're unable to engage in sexual behaviour.
Strategy: The key to beating sex addiction is regaining control over your sexual desires. Dr Nawal says the Internet is a huge enabler, isolating individuals and allowing users to access explicit content or quickly connect with other addicts for hook ups. The key is to not hide in your "masturbation fortress", and to leave the Internet behind. If you're unable to rein in your habits, see a therapist who specialises in addictive behaviour.
Surfing the internet
"Heightened euphoria" when engaged in Internet-related activities.
Feeling more comfortable interacting online than face-to-face.
Strategy: In a world where technology is everywhere, it's tough to stop altogether. The key is to start small- Xslow, steady withdrawal and cognitive behavioural therapy are the ways to go, says Wallace. Fight that urge to check your email and keep your phone in your pocket. As you do that, give yourself real-world projects that you can focus on, and use a few minutes of Internet "catching up" as your reward, Wallace says.
Doing work instead of eating and/or sleeping.
Untrusting of others to complete work on your behalf.
Losing interest in leisurely hobbies.
Strategy: Trust some of your co-workers to complete tasks. Typically, workaholics are control freaks, the researchers surmised, and passing some of the responsibility to someone can help you de-stress.
Scanning social media
Using social media to make you feel better about yourself
Frequently staying on social media, longer than anticipated
Neglecting real-life relationships in favour of spending time on social media
Strategy: There is a huge frequency element with social media because it's so readily accessible to users, says Wallace. If you're staying connected on your smartphone, the easiest way to start weaning your way off is to turn off your notification settings, so you're not feeding and rewarding the
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