The dangers of overmedication

Medicine exists for a reason; you obtain medicine to deal with physical, emotional or psychological pain. When prescribed and taken correctly, medication is an effective tool for wellness. However, there are many people out there who rely on prescriptions too heavily, resulting in overmedication.

Overmedication is the term used to describe someone who is taking either medication they don’t need or an excessive amount of medication. It might seem tempting to take a few Advil every time you have a slight headache, but have you thought about what this actually does?

Overmedicating can have adverse long-term effects resulting in serious health problems like addiction, organ failure or even death. The next time you consider taking pills you might not need, try one of these methods for health and vitality instead.

Overhaul your diet

You’re only able to achieve success if your mind and body are healthy. When your diet is healthy and sustainable, you feel your best and can perform at a top level. On the other hand, if you’re eating tons of sugar and processed foods, you’ll feel lethargic and are making yourself susceptible to health problems like heart disease and obesity. Instead of overmedicating to give yourself a boost of energy, try focusing on cleaning up your diet. Choose plant-based proteins, high quality fats and dairy and water-rich fruits and vegetables.

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Say goodbye to being sedentary

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If you work in an office setting, chances are you spend most of your day seated. This can be a necessary part of your job, but a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on your health. Make it a point to get in a peak state by taking control of your body. Can you walk or bike to work instead of driving? Can you squeeze in 20 minutes on the treadmill during your lunch break? Challenge yourself to get in at least a solid hour of movement each day. Whether you choose something like walking or go for group fitness classes, you’ll find that aerobic exercise will make your body and mind feel more energized.

Take care of your mind and spirit

When we think about health, often the first and only thing that comes to mind is our bodies. We worry we’ve gained weight or feel achy and forget to think about how we feel psychologically and emotionally. Your mental health is comprised of your mental, emotional and psychological state. What is it that you do to find your beautiful state? Take control of your mental health by adopting a growth mindset, choosing gratitude and learning to meditate.

Taking small but meaningful moments to appreciate your life and visualize your goals can work wonders on your personal health and relationships. Tony uses priming techniques to start each day, noting that this 10-minute practice gives him the clarity and energy he needs to have an extraordinary day.

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Combat stress and loneliness

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Experiencing negative emotions can lead to physical ailments in the body. When you regularly feel stressed, anxious or depressed, you can begin to have physical symptoms of distress like headaches, weight gain, heart problems or suffer from insomnia. It’s crucial to learn how to manage your stress levels so you can live in a healthy, balanced life. Accept that life is happening for you, not to you. This simple shift in mindset can make you feel more open to taking on new challenges.

Additionally, it’s proven that loneliness can have catastrophic effects on humans. When you feel socially isolated, your stress hormones rise, meaning your immune system is weakened and you’re at greater risk for issues like heart disease and stroke over time. Make it a point to reach out to loved ones. Interact with family, neighbors and coworkers, or join a local professional or recreational group.

Medicine has its place in American culture, but many people in the United States use medication as a cure-all. Instead of getting into the damaging habit of overmedicating, identify ways you can fortify your mind and body without substances.

Important note

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