How many times have you immediately reached for over-the-counter medication when you’ve got a pain or niggle? Or maybe it takes quite a while of discomfort before you reach for the pills.
Now, I’m not in any way saying there aren’t times we need medication, and it can be a massive help for plenty of conditions, but self-medication seems to have become such an ingrained part of our lives that there’s a danger we are squashing the symptoms, without giving two thoughts to what might be contributing to them.
If you’ve had an on-going problem for a while, it’s always worth getting checked out by your GP, but often, there isn’t any underlying medical condition and your GP will give you the all clear. This can make us even more inclined to self-medicate. But in these cases, there is ALWAYS something going on that your body is trying to communicate to you. Medicating the symptom and ignoring other factors which could be playing a part is not going to get rid of the underlying problem, it will just mask it and prevent it in the short term.
Lifestyle changes needed?
It could be that you’re eating something that doesn’t agree with you (sensitivities can come on at any time, often when we eat a lot of something) or that there is something in your lifestyle which is contributing. Too much or too little exercise, not drinking enough water, not getting enough ‘down-time’, household cleaning products, too much screen time (to name just a few) can all have an effect on our bodies. Or it could be that you havn’t properly processed a stressful event and your body has held onto some of the emotion. Usually it’s a combination of factors. If your stress levels are high or your body is out of balance in a few areas, then it becomes less efficient at dealing with additional stressors. So something that you were fine with 6 months ago, may now be a problem for you. And equally, you might be fine with it again in another 6 months.
It’s definitely not something to beat yourself up about however, as all these things are usually below our level of consciousness. By changing our perspective from seeing unexplained symptoms as annoying or something to just be medicated away (n.b. I’m not knocking medication if it’s being used alongside awareness and exploration), to seeing them as a signpost for something in our life we need to look at, we become empowered and can address the root cause.
Kinesiology can help!
Kinesiology is an amazing tool for helping you tap into the wisdom of your body and explore foods, lifestyle choices, toxins and subconscious emotions that may be causing imbalances and contributing to the way you are feeling. Through a number of techniques which address nutrition, emotion, structure and energy, it helps your body kick-start the balancing process and empowers you to develop a greater awareness of your mind-body connection and make positive lifestyle choices.