What’s up Ladies & Gents! Welcome Back and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone out there is looking forward to the New Year as much as I am. I know we’ve all been going through a crazy rollercoaster all of 2020, but I think it was a great learning experience for many of us. In lieu of starting the New Year off right, I bring you a quick guide to help you get rid of some of those nasty habits with What is Maladaptive Behavior and How to Combat it in 8 Easy Steps. Let’s get started!
When dealing with unpleasant circumstances or emotions, we all sometimes find it difficult to face things head-on. Anger, avoidance, or other similar reactions are perfectly ordinary. However, sometimes our reactions to such feelings and circumstances don’t contribute to solving the problem. Instead, they can make things worse. This scenario is known as maladaptive behavior.
Maladaptive Behavior Defined
In simple terms, maladaptive behavior is a type of behavior that inhibits an individual’s ability to adjust to a specific situation. The person falls into these behaviors in an attempt to escape the struggles in life. Instead of helping the situation, these maladaptive behaviors generally make things worse. These kinds of behaviors are often synonymous with addictions or eating disorders and may or may not be present in the affected individual.
Today’s most common maladaptive behaviors include verbally inappropriate behavior, self-injurious behavior,ritualistic behaviors, internet addictions, workaholism, anger addictions, sex addictions, attention seeking, and substance abuse.
Dangers of Maladaptive Behavior
When you choose maladaptive behavior to deal with challenges of life, you may feel a sense of relief at first. However, keep in mind that such feeling does not last long.
Often, if you don’t address problems in a timely and healthy manner, they only get worse. This is one of the primary dangers of maladaptive behavior. Apart from this, studies suggest that maladaptive behaviors may lead to the maintenance of depression and social anxiety disorder. Overall, maladaptive behavior can lead a person to feel trapped in the very same situations they were trying to avoid, without a clear way out.
How to Combat Maladaptive Behaviors
There are a number of things you can do to combat maladaptive behavior or avoid falling into its trap in the first place. These include the following:
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for managing stress and other mental health problems. Stress and anxiety are common emotional triggers and anxiety-reducing effects of mindfulness have proven helpful in fighting maladaptive behaviors in multiple studies.
Techniques such as meditation are very effective for combating maladaptive behavior because they increase the self-awareness of a person
Meditation can teach you to reel yourself in when you are facing harmful thought patterns and be less fearful of the challenges of life. In this way, you are able to more easily spot when you are drifting into maladaptive behaviors.
3. Be Open to Advice and Criticism from Others
It is important that you are open to advice and criticism from others. This is because it’s very easy to fall into a maladaptive behavior without realizing it but when you use this strategy, you ensure that others raise the alarm for you and help you avoid falling into this trap.
4. Develop Emotional Sobriety
Individuals who develop emotional sobriety are less likely to fall into the trap of maladaptive behaviors. The key reason behind it is that emotional sobriety makes people mature enough to deal with challenges rather than avoiding things.
Journaling is another effective strategy that you can use to help you spot any wrong paths that you might have taken.
It means that you are able to analyze and track your progress over time to see whether or not you are heading in the right direction.
6. View Challenges as Opportunities to Grow
It is best to view the challenges that you face in life as opportunities to grow instead of a personal attack. Overcoming obstacles is the best way to develop your potential. When things are going well, there is not much personal growth.
While it may seem intimidating to start a regular exercise habit, research suggests that it can give you a flood of endorphins and increase happiness. This can help you maintain clarity whenever you are struggling with negative thoughts.
8. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a proven way to help treat maladaptive behaviors. It helps people understand their own negative thinking patterns and replace them with positive ones.
In conclusion, there are many ways to combat maladaptive behavior. The key is to find the strategies that work for you and stick with them. That said, keep in mind that while maladaptive coping strategies can generally ease the symptoms of maladaptive behavior, they also have the potential to lead to deterioration of the overall problem. So, if you think that you are suffering from a maladaptive behavior, then it is recommended that you speak to someone about it. A medical professional can help you identify and understand your issue and point you in the right direction.
Well we hope you enjoyed this quick and easy guide to making true impact in 2021. As always, we want to hear your thoughts and comments here. Furthermore, again, we continue to thank you for all of your continued support and love. “Till next time”-The Black Sheep