Spotting Risky Behaviour in Lifestyle

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We all try new things and push boundaries as we try to figure out what we’re all about and what we want from life - but what happens when you start taking too many risks?

The pressures of growing up or of coping with significant life changes at any age can get to all of us at times. Feelings of sadness or isolation can cause us to act out in ways which are uncharacteristic or which undermine our own long-term interests, or even our health. 

So what are the signs to look out for if you feel your own behaviour has stopped leading you to what you want? 

These tell-tale signs show that a good time might turn bad.

• You just want to party. All the time. 

Going out is fun. Going out all the time, to the exclusion of everything else, can be indicative of a problem. If you or a friend’s party lifestyle is beginning to get in the way of your responsibilities, if you can't concentrate in school or miss college deadlines, it could be a sign that you are about to land yourself in trouble.

• You are drinking, smoking, or taking drugs

If you're under 18 it's important to remember that drinking and smoking is illegal - and not only could this behaviour get you in serious trouble but it's not good for your health. Taking drugs is illegal and can have serious effects on your body, mind and overall health. For more information check out the Choices for Life section.

• Becoming withdrawn or isolated

While it is normal to grow apart from old friends and to make new ones, it is not good to withdraw from all social activity. If you feel that your low mood is getting you down don’t hesitate to seek out help.

Why not download an app like Virtual Hope Box for iPhone or Android or look at our advice on hacks to a happy mind.

• You claim not to care about your responsibilities and are no longer interested in achieving your goals

If you've recently recently abandoned all usual activities and not replaced former interests with new goals and hobbies, it may be a sign that your behaviour is about to work against you. 

Whether your behaviour is a sign of inner emotional turmoil, or is simply the result of a bad habit which has been allowed to develop unchecked, it can sometimes be difficult to get back in control or to ask for help once destructive behaviour has taken a hold.

Why not look at our advice on how to face things head on? Or you can turn to the following organisations for help:

Relate – Focus on relationships, offers counselling for young people and children

ChildLine 0800 1111 – free counselling service for young people 

Samaritans - 116 123 – free helpline open to anyone