How to Break Free From Unhealthy Patterns

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 92

Have you ever thought about how you deal with uncomfortable emotions? Do you start scrolling through your smartphone whenever you feel the slightest bit bored? Do you text an ex who isn’t good for you whenever you feel lonely?

We usually don’t think much about these habits we’ve established in life. And we rarely reflect on how those little habits affect us so much in the big picture. 

The way you respond to uncomfortable emotions establishes patterns in your life. You might not even recognize that you’re doing them, even though you reach for the same go-to solutions every time.

And it’s quite possible some of those solutions actually introduce new problems into your life or make your existing problems worse. 

That’s just one reason we establish unhealthy patterns in our lives. In this week's Friday Fix, I share the other reasons why we get stuck relying on tempting shortcuts or avoiding the things we need to face.

I also share how to break free from those unhealthy patterns so we can create the kind of life we actually want to live. 

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.