“There’s no problem so awful, that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse.”

This line is from Bill Watterson’s beloved comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. Although meant to be funny, there is some truth to this statement. Nobody likes having a guilty conscience. It can be one of the most challenging things in your life. You might want to consider how to end this predicament.

One way people resolve their guilty consciences is by looking toward righting the wrongs. Sometimes, people seek to rectify wrongs even when they have not created such wrongs themselves. But ending such guilt is important, as research indicates that having a guilty conscience can have drastic health consequences for your body.

According to a conference of the British Psychological Society in 2000, people who harbor guilty feelings about smoking, drinking, eating, having sex, or watching television can become more susceptible to illness. You would not want to end up going to alcohol treatment centers in Maryland. The research showed that men did not feel as guilty for such behaviors and were less likely to fall ill compared with women who worried about the same things.

Psychologist Dr. Geoff Lowe said people would resist more illness if they relaxed and enjoyed certain behaviors, as long as those behaviors did not hurt them. “We ought to focus on the positive things in life,” Lowe said. “If we enjoy simple pleasures that are not harmful to us we should not feel guilty about them. We should maximise the pleasure.”

Lowe added that if you think you will feel guilty about doing something, you might not do that thing. “Guilty feelings are helpful in moderating harmful behavior but we also need a positive boost of regular pleasures in order to reinforce the right kind of behavior,” Lowe said.

Guilty feelings can increase your anxiety and depression. Consider looking at things logically to make sense of them and to diffuse your guilty feelings. It may prevent a visit to one of the alcohol treatment centers in Maryland. If such feelings persist, you may want to visit a therapist to address your feelings. Making use of the resources available to you, there might be ways for you to find enjoyment in your life.

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