I hope the first word that comes to your mind is not drugs or alcohol, because you’re just medicating what is bothering you.

We all have escapes.

We all have things that we need to do in order to escape the day-to-day life that we live.

Some of us come home and put the TV on for three or four hours, and we call it “zoning out.”

In reality, it’s really not zoning out. It’s escaping.

It’s escaping and avoiding whatever is truly bothering you, truly on your mind.

Some of us reach for drugs and alcohol.

We say it’s good to have a glass of wine or two a night, good for our heart, good for our blood.

Some would say it’s okay to smoke a joint after a rough day because it relaxes you.

But in reality, shouldn’t you be able to relax yourself?

Isn’t that what medication mindset is all about?

To be able to relax yourself, to be able to work on yourself and get past the things that’s stressing you out so you’re able to do it naturally.

Some of us shop.

We love it. We get to escape in the world of online shopping and online returning. During that process, we’re able to get our minds off of what truly is bothering us.

Look, I believe any escape, as long as it’s healthy, is fun and good and needed.

Like vacations.

But when you self medicate on drugs, alcohol, shopping, things that continue to build up your credit card debt or continue to make you feel lousy the next morning, even if you overeat as one of the ways you can escape…

…then you’re doing more harm than good. You’re not looking at the problem itself.

You’re not looking at where you’re at in your life and what you truly, truly need to work on.

Escapism is not healthy when it means doing things that will hurt you in the long run.

But take a look at how you escape. Take a look at the reasons why you escape.

And then get really honest and radically direct with yourself.

What are you avoiding by escaping?

The answer is probably right in front of you.

I’ll see you tomorrow.