Did you remember to take your pills today? Whether its medications, vitamins or supplements, we all forget sometimes. Even though you may have the best intentions, when you forget to take your vitamins or supplements it can really hurt your physical and mental health. Your brain chemistry is imbalanced which impacts your entire well-being.
Directions for medications, supplements and vitamins exist for a reason—the people who are prescribing or recommending them want to help you. They know that this is how they work the most effectively. Supplements and medications can be a challenge to remember, even if you’ve been on a regimen for a while. It can be a pain, another “thing” on your to-do list and lets face it, life can be full of distractions. However, when you forget a supplement or medication, your body and brain suffer.
Many pills we take don’t work immediately and as humans we tend to remember to take things that have an “instant effect.” Remember: supplements and medications need to be consistent in order to have the desired short-term and long-term outcomes. Withdrawal symptoms can occur. Taking them later in the day can disrupt your sleep cycle, interfere with your digestion or impact your energy level.
One of best idea’s I’ve come across to remember to take your pills is simple: understand what the supplements or medications do for you. When you know and understand the essentials of your pills and how they work, it brings more awareness to the purpose of your pills. Instead of thinking of them as a nuance, you’re more likely to think of them as a luxury—something that is aiding your body and brain to perform optimally. Once you start to understand them and get in the habit of taking them at the same time each day, you will certainly reap the benefits of their true purpose.
6 Ways to Remember to Take Your Pills
Lets say your health practitioner recommended a multivitamin to take in the morning with food. This is likely to boost immunity, help with focus and aid in nutritional deficiencies. There is a reason they said “in the morning” and “with food.” If you don’t understand why, reach out and ask them.
Supplements (as well as most medications) work optimally when your stomach is in the digestion process. If taken on an empty stomach, the acid that your stomach needs to digest that little pill causes you to have physical reactions such as upset stomach and nausea. When you know how they work and what they do, ideally you’ll be more likely to take it consistently. Here are some other ideas.
- Use a pillbox or supplement carrier. Once a week, put your pills in container that has 7 to 14 compartments (one for each day or twice a day) Place in your bag or in the kitchen. It is a visual reminder to your pills and also prevents double doses.
- Set an alarm. Take advantage of the technology you have. Set up electronic reminders on your phone, create email or text alerts to signal it’s time to take your medication or supplements
- Make it a self-care habit. While you’re feeding your body and brain in the morning with breakfast, add in your supplements as a reminder that you are caring for your body.
- Make it convenient. Out of sight, out of mind is how my brain works. I put my supplements next to my glasses in the kitchen. When I reach for juice or water in the morning, I can’t help but remind myself to grab my daily dose of pills too.
- Make them visual. If something isn’t working, learn from it. If you rush out the door in the morning, don’t let that be your excuse; keep an extra dose or bottle at the office. If you’re too tired at night to remember the evening dose, put the bottle next to your bed or toothbrush.
- Enlist a family member or friend to help you stay accountable. A good friend or loving, non-judgmental family member can really help when you’re trying to get in the habit of taking something consistently. Ask them to help you by gently reminding you to take them.
Remind yourself how you feel when you remember to take your pills and supplements. It will help you stay on track and feel better faster.
Take Good Care,
Emily Roberts MA, LPC
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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