This is the age of the Quick Fix – the magic bullets that claim to take away our sorrows, tiredness, and sadness.
It would be best to look no farther than your mailbox to see the range of remedies – prescription drugs and supplements – being plugged for everything from stress to low energy.
In the age of modern-day stresses, recessions, and depressions, most people find it hard to resist the cure-all promises of “safe and natural” products.
Quick fixes are everywhere, from those that claim to calm a hyperactive child to those that give you a much-needed energy boost or revive a sagging love life.
And the fact that the people selling them are raking in a fortune shows that there is indeed a great demand for these products.
There’s no doubt that supplements provide genuine relief to those who suffer from organic disease. And some may provide a ‘safer’ alternative for those who cannot tolerate prescriptions.
But with more and more people reaching for a “safe” pill to get through the day, taking supplements to cope with life is becoming the norm rather than the exception.
Most of us don’t have the time or the inclination to address the root cause of our stress. Besides, it costs considerably more to consult a therapist than to buy a bottle of kava-kava from an online store.
But quick fixes are a short-term solution. And by using them as coping strategies, we risk slipping into a never-ending cycle of psychological dependence while ignoring the root cause of our stress.
Stress results from the way we react to situations, emotions, behavior patterns, and habits that are part of our mental makeup.
Changing the attitudes or habits of a lifetime is never easy. Instead, we must find coping strategies – support from friends, family, community, religion, spirituality – and our inner strength.
We need to use whatever works best to avoid slipping back into stress and despair.
If we care enough to look for solutions, the solutions are often there right in front of us. You could find them in a book, a church, a family reunion, a new love.
Often the answers are right there in your mind, but you have to CHOOSE to accept them.
Solving a problem takes three conscious steps:
Awareness: Realizing that we have a problem
Acceptance: That we have to do something about it, and
Action: Taking concrete steps to resolve it
Once you start eliminating the root cause of your stress, you’ll find yourself reaching less and less for that magic pill, that upper, that quick fix.
A pill might give you a few moments of bliss. But when you eliminate the attitudes and behavior that keep you down, the peace it brings will last you a lifetime.