When we think of addictions that people struggle with in life, a few of the first things to come to mind are usually things like drugs or alcohol. Truthfully speaking, however, there are a ton of different things that can turn into addiction and each person has their own temptations that they are prone to. Overeating and overspending are two things that most people don’t usually classify as addiction but can actually be quite difficult to overcome.

The reality of the matter is that millions of people around the world struggle to control their urge to spend and eat. Both of these things can become real problems if not handled quickly, and can ultimately ruin lives. Here are a few tips on how to stop overindulging with food and with spending habits:

  • Seek Professional Help– Realizing that you have a problem is the first step in being able to overcome it. If you have just become aware that your issue is actually serious then you need to seek help from a trained professional. They will help you to find a program or system to work through your problems and be the person you want to be. There are all sorts of self-help groups for people trying to control their food addiction as well as groups for those working to stop spending so much. Having the support of other people who go through the same thing as you do, can be the extra push that you need to get your life back on track.
  • Remove Temptation- If you have a hard time saying no when you see a sale at the store, or a delicious dessert, then you need to make sure that you avoid those things at all costs. Have a bunch of credit cards? Throw them away. Keep a nice tub of ice cream in the freezer for late night snacks? Get rid of it. Keeping these temptations around will only make the process more difficult. Finding success is all about being able to focus on your goal and never give up until you achieve it.
  • Make a Plan- Simply getting rid of the temptations is going to help you in overcoming your addiction. You need to make a game plan of what you want to accomplish and how to get there. For those with food addictions, plan out a new diet and exercise program. If you have trouble overspending then you should make a plan to pay off any debt that you might have. You don’t have to take things more than one step at a time, but you always need to keep moving forwards.

Whatever your problem may be remember that you should never have to face it alone and that with hard work and dedication you can get the results that you want.

    1 Response to "Overspending and Overeating"

    • Money Beagle

      I think it’s a good idea to start small and not change too many things at once. All too often, with dieting or spending, people try to fix everything all at once. The fact is, that many of these behaviors and habits are instilled from years of ‘practice’ and you simply can’t expect to undo all of those things at once with success. In fact, it’s why people all too often fail. The best approach I’ve seen is to focus on one small thing at a time and try to change that for the better. You can put all your attention and energy to changing that, instead of spreading out your limited resources to ten things you need to change. Once you make that change a new ‘habit’, you can then move onto the next item.

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