On a daily basis, many of us, especially in Western civilization, resort to self-medication for any stress we face in our lives. We feel the urge to medicate ourselves for a myriad of reasons, ranging from body aches, sorrow, and grief, to poor attention span and poor sleep. A number of us tend to live for the moment and feel the need to take medications such as antibiotics for the common cold, narcotics for body aches, alcohol for relieving stress, amphetamine salts for ADD, illegal drugs to get high and a drag of a cigarette to feel good about ourselves.
It is best to sometimes take a step back and look around ourselves whenever we’re facing what daily life gives us.
In Eastern civilizations, people tend to focus on their conscious and superconscious minds in order to find peace and tranquility within themselves, for self-acceptance of what’s going on in their lives. Through meditation, they control their state of mind and expand their consciousness and are, therefore, able to tolerate life’s stressors and to control the urges of relying on pills, alcohol, drugs or tobacco.
There are many techniques of meditation which can be learned from proper textbooks, educational DVDs or websites. It is best to sometimes take a step back and look around ourselves whenever we’re facing what daily life gives us. Instead of focusing on putting things in our mouths for a quick fix, try to relax and find peace within ourselves. When all else fails, report your physical or mental ailments to your health care provider