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.