Chronic migraines can be debilitating, no matter how resilient you are. Unfortunately, life, family, and work don’t stop when the pain sets in. Learn how to get through tough days and live a better life despite migraines.
Have a Sounding Board
Enduring chronic pain can be particularly challenging, especially if you’re trying to go it alone. Some migraine sufferers report that having a sounding board can make the pain much more bearable.
Whether you talk with your spouse, a sibling, or a close friend, find someone you trust and share what you’re going through. If you don’t feel comfortable using a family member or a close friend as your sounding board, find a local support group where you can share your experience.
Take a Load Off
Even though it can feel like severe pain causes time to slow down or even stop entirely, the clock keeps ticking even while you’re enduring a migraine. When you start to feel better, you might think you need to catch up on everything you missed, from kids’ activities to work tasks to household chores.
Rather than adding to the stress and risking yet another migraine session, give yourself permission to take a load off. That might mean asking your spouse to take on some of the household tasks you typically do or sitting down with your kids to explain why you might not be able to attend every game or activity. If your pain interferes with doing your job, consider talking with your employer about working part-time or taking on a more flexible schedule that allows you to work from home.
Develop a Wellness Routine
Feeling well can seem like an impossible request if you’re a frequent migraine sufferer. No matter how bad the pain is, though, developing healthy habits and a nourishing routine can help you live better.
Start by mapping your triggers so you know the types of activities, environments, or foods you should avoid. Stay healthy by eating nutritious foods on a regular schedule. Make a point of relaxing with a hot bath, a cup of herbal tea, or some time away from your digital devices. Do your best to get the amount of sleep you need each night.
Maintain Your Sense of Self
When your migraine reaches its peak and you feel like you might be at your breaking point, it’s easy to believe you might feel that way forever. After all, when you’ve already dealt with hours or even days of pain, you might lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.
At the moment you start to feel your worst, however, it’s important to remember that you will feel better and you will be able to do the things you love again. Use thoughts of the activities and people you love to help you push through the pain and look forward to living life again. No matter how bad you feel, know that you’re much more than just your migraine pain.
Migraines aren’t easy to live with, but you can take steps to make chronic pain easier to endure. Follow these tips and start living a better life.