I first heard the term “Personal Medicine” at a mental health clinic where I used to work. The term was coined by Pat Deegan, PhD, who describes herself, on her website, as “a thought leader, innovator and inspirational speaker in the field of mental health recovery.”
And she really is.
She defines Personal Medicine as follows:
Personal Medicine is an activity someone does because it helps them feel better or increases their “wellness.” Personal medicine can be things like:
- Working as a carpenter
- Being a good parent to my 3-year old daughter
- Vegetable gardening
Personal medicine or — as I often call it — “What Helps.”
This morning, as I continued to deal with some challenging circumstances, I decided to identify and administer my own personal medicine.
So I gave myself some prescriptions and — like a good patient — took them STAT. These included:
Rx #1: Reaching out for assistance with some daunting tasks.
Rx #2: Identifying and challenging some distortions (the ever-popular mind-reading and fortune-telling) that were causing me undue worry.
Rx #3: Treating myself in a kindlier, gentler fashion. (This is a fabulously appropriate prescription for when you’re having a difficult day, even though it might feel tough to swallow).
And all these prescriptions were good for what ailed me.
And no side effects.
I’m wondering how you’re doing, dear reader, in prescribing your own healthy, personal medicine.
No need to hold back, even if it’s habit-forming.
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You got me back to my pre-Ann Koplow morning habit days, Ann, and here’s my signature comment to prove it. I add potato-pancake-eating to your personal medicine list. The hyphens are to make this a time-traveling post.