Often, The Less Medication The Better
Although we often don’t have the choice of whether to take a medication or not, we might have the choice as to how much and how often. It is my experience that my body works better if I am not overly sedated. This means that I take a low dose of medication and do other things like walking, creative writing and eating healthy fruits to keep my body from slowing down too much.
Staying in control
At times we are given a choice about medication. It is good when this happens. A person, then is in control of what goes into their own body, and might feel more empowered because of this.
When a choice is given especially with PRN’s (medication taken only when needed) then I encourage people to excercise their rights to say ‘NO!’. I hope people recognize that it really is okay to say ‘NO’ to medication then you can ask for other tools to get symptoms under control. You may be able to access a whole bunch of beneficial activities.
What are coping tools
Some tools I personally use for my mental health is counting down from ten to one, writing a list of the annoyances and ripping up old papers. Also helpful is listening to music that helps share emotions. Writing to people like you about the things I do know about mental health is satisfying and meets the problem right in the face.
What are your tools. Do you call a friend? Call a help line? Do some art-work? It is good for people to do the activities that stressful symptoms make us do. It is then that we work through the disturbances and reach a more peaceful feeling of being.
So when offered a drug to calm down, just ask for some help to think of an activity that might help instead. Sure I know sometimes the drug seems like the easier choice. Some people will choose the medication and that’s okay but remember your own empowerment and at least feel that you have options. I know I am personally glad when I can take the natural route to feeling good again!
Posted on October 17, 2012, in Balance, Depression, anger and negativity, Happiness, Self Esteem and Positivity, New Age Psychology and tagged alternatives to medication, crisis management, empowerment, medication, PRN. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.