Self Medication

Have you heard the saying; “What’s your poison?”. Well, what is it? What do you turn to when you’re in need of any kind? Or maybe it’s not “what” but “who”. Self medicating can be good (if it’s not harming you) but it can also be very bad, depending on what you self medicate with. Make sense?

For example; Food is a big one for many people. Sometimes we can over indulge when we are stressed or depressed, which then becomes emotional eating. We all have done this at one point in time (At least I have). However, the difference is how often and to what degree. That is where it becomes an unhealthy form of “self medicating”. Obviously, you don’t want to one day wake up and say, “Oh my God, how did I gain so much weight?” This form of self medicating must be addressed with genuine love, respect and understanding. However, it must start with that person, that individual first. The person that has been self medicating with food must recognize that they have a choice. Choice to heal and move forward or choose to stay comfortable, and that is to stay where they are (which essentially makes matters worse, i.e….obesity, diabetes, medical bills).

No matter what your “poison’ is, the end result is usually the same. You can self medicate with just about anything but remember one of my motto’s, “Everything in moderation!” Know your limits, practice self control and discipline. 

The good side to self medicating……..?

Giving yourself a massage when your feeling sore, eating healthy when you’re feeling sick, practicing meditation when your stressed or depressed, taking a nap when you’re overwhelmed or not feeling well, exercising when your depressed, stressed.

Notice how I mention the word “feeling” at least three times above? Our emotions or feelings contribute to our over all health. There is evidence that the mind/body connection promotes good health! More people are finally getting it!

If you’re making the connection by practicing yoga or taking the time to exercise and eating healthy with the results being all around POSITIVE, your on the right path to a better, healthier mind/body YOU! That’s the kind of self medication that I like to do!

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

About Cassandra Pavolic

As a retired performer for 25 years transitioning careers has been difficult. I truly enjoyed my career as an aerialist performer. I was fortunate enough to see the world, traveled many places and met people from all cultures. I learned a tremendous amount about life and people during my years traveling than I would in a school setting. The one thing I took away from being on the road is that no matter what ethnic background you are, we are all so similar. A smile is a smile in every language (happiness or contentment). Expressions of all emotions have the same meaning around the world. For this reason we are similar, and I somehow find that comforting. I'm now 50! It's hard to believe I'm fifty already! I reflect on my accomplishments as well as my failures up to date. Both are irrelevant to what I value most. I value people and relationships. I value my deity, it is the number one thing that keeps me stable. Being true to myself is a portion of my "food" in regards to my decision making. When I steer away from being my true self I am disappointed. Exercise, taking walks, and being still are another source of "food" in my life. I like to be still, listen and observe all things. I have been this type of person since a young child. Perhaps one of the reasons why I take an interest in Personality Psychology and my recent studies human behavior. I hold an Associates degree in Music/Theater/Dance from Dean College in MA. I quickly realized I wanted to perform, therefore my journey began immediately after graduating from Dean. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. I am curious, I am persistent and I am passionate. I'm on a mission to be a better person, to help those who want to help themselves, and to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences to anyone who gives a damn. All in hoping that what I have to offer will change lives as you learn to keep your priorities in order. And so I started prioritize you.
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