We live in an instant gratification society. We want immediate results: web streaming, social media, same day delivery. We want it all and we want it NOW.
That explains why when the body starts malfunctioning, the vast majority of us rely on a pill to fix the ill. It sounds simple, straightforward and safe. We are used to it. Every other commercial on TV is trying to convince us to talk to your doctor about the whole grail pill that can spring you back to your old, happy, vibrant self; granted not without the possibility of a few side-effects that are narrated rodeo style and yet ironically last longer than the sales pitch.
If we aren’t thrown off by the robust list of side-effects, we’ll likely make an appointment with our doctor, who see us for an average of 7 minutes, sends a few tests, labels (aka diagnoses) the constellation of symptoms and eventually prescribes a pill – or several. The majority of physicians frankly don’t have the time or knowledge to address potential triggers or behaviors that caused or contributed to the condition.
A pill is the most convenient solution.
But simply taking the pill without questioning why we need it in the first place neglects our body’s wisdom. It’s the equivalent of giving a pacifier to a baby that won’t stop crying because she’s hungry – she can shut up for a few minutes, but the crying will get louder in a second because she is still hungry.
We are fooling ourselves if we think we can just will the body into submission without it eventually crying louder.
If there is an imbalance it probably didn’t happen overnight, as we faultily assume. There were months and likely years of insult until the body finally had enough and decided to tell it to you straight. Instead of listening what do we do? We pacify it with a pill.
But don’t be fooled, our bodies will get our attention one way of another. Eventually that pill will no longer “help” us, as it’s often the case, and instead it will start creating more problems rather than solving them. That’s the body’s irrepressible desire to communicate in spite of repeated silencing attempts. We’ve got to start learning how to listen.
Is there an ache that don’t go away? Feeling sad or anxious for no good reason? Can’t loose the weight despite impeccable exercise and nutrition habits?
Engage in a dialogue with your body and work amicably to identify potential causes or triggers by first addressing the following questions:
- When did it start? (Is there a specific event that you can think of that could have triggered it?)
- Under what circumstances does it get worse? (Foods, smells, posture, situations, people…)
- How long does it last? (If it’s a pain, is it always present or does it lasts a few hours?)
- What makes it better? (Not eating certain foods, relaxing, nothing…)
- What are some of the things I can do to prevent it from getting worse? (Avoiding triggers, eating healthier, exercising, meditation…)
- Are there any other possible reasons (that may seem unrelated at first) that could contribute to my situation? (Hormonal issues, food intolerances, infections, traumas…)
Asking these simple questions can completely shift your awareness and prompt you to take proactive measures to address underlying causes rather than being sucked into the there’s-a-pill-for-that status quo. Because truth is, there probably is; but it still doesn’t mean that’s the wiser option.
If you have a nail stuck in your foot, would you rather take an Advil to alleviate the pain or remove the nail?