Looking at the Bright Side Is Not a Trigger: 5 Migraine Managing Mantras
Taking On The Storm
It’s a feeling all too familiar for the migraine sufferer; the creeping feeling that a headache attack is coming to ruin your day. Because this condition is such an enigma—there’s much that researchers still don’t know about it—and because it can be so unpredictable, coping can be a real challenge.
This severe mental impact is borne out in the research; according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “occurrences over a lifetime of depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder are significantly higher in migraine sufferers than in the general population.”  No doubt, the presence of this condition can be severe on a psychological level.
What the migraineur must do, then, is figure out some way to respond in a healthy manner to attacks. This can help prevent a nasty feedback loop of sorts, in which a cruel cocktail of frustration, depression, and anxiety resulting from attacks make them work. But how do you stay positive in the face of such a debilitating and unpredictable threat? It’s not easy, but there are some things that will help. Here are five migraine managing mantras that can help:
- The More I Know, The Better Off I’ll Be
One of the greatest challenges faced by migraineurs is the unpredictability of the condition, which can contribute to the anxiety that often accompanies the condition. This being the case, one thing you can do is make efforts to learn as much as you can about migraine in general, as well as your particular case.
According to licensed counselor and migraine sufferer Tammy Rome, triggers should be tracked as much as possible; learn as much as you can about what foods, stimuli, or other factors set off your headache.  This way you’ll not only be better able to avoid them altogether but also have the security of knowing when they’re coming. The guesswork and anxiety will be reduced.
- I Will Not Feel Guilty About Missing Work
As we’ve noted on this blog in the past, migraineurs face stigma both from others who may not understand the condition, and from themselves when they view themselves as a burden on others.
Here’s the thing: Migraine is real and debilitating, and you shouldn’t feel bad if attacks cause you to miss work or cancel plans. In all workplaces, the rights of workers with disabilities or illnesses are protected, so talk to your HR department or employer about your condition. Be honest with yourself: it’s simply a fact of life that some days migraine is going to prevent you from working. This doesn’t make you any less valuable as a member of the team.
- I Will Accept My Condition
It’s not easy to do, but you have to learn to accept that migraine is a part of your life. There’s no benefit to feeling bitter, or as Rome puts it, “betrayed by your body.”  Ultimately, you’ll be better off viewing migraine as a challenging aspect of your life; know that you’re not at fault here and that your body is not the enemy. The more you’re able to adjust to this disease as a fact of your life, the more resilient and proactive you’ll be in taking it on.
- I Will Clearly Communicate My Needs
As drastic an impact as migraine has on your life, it can also affect those around you. This is why you should make efforts to be open and communicative about it to your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. For instance, mood swings are a symptom of attacks; excessive irritability, depression, anxiety, and even euphoria are neurologically linked to these headaches.  Prepare them for this eventuality.
If you’re able to keep those around you on the same page, they’ll be better able to help you or give you the space you need. They’ll experience less frustration and be able to provide the positive support you need.
- I Will Get The Treatment I Need
Ultimately, you can’t let migraine take over your life. Despite the complexity of this condition, there are a number of treatment options available. It’s your job to be proactive about it; get the help you need! The sooner you’re able to seek medical attention for the condition, the better off you’ll be. While not all approaches are going to work for you—and you may end up going through a couple different treatments before something clicks—it’s on you to get the ball rolling. With the help of the right doctor, there’s no doubt that you’ll get the better of your condition.
If you experience chronic migraine or suspect that you do, the team at Migraine Treatment Centers of America can help. The experts here specialize in offering highly effective treatment for sufferers, and they’ve helped countless people get their lives back on track. Learn more about what they do by calling (855) 300-6822 today!
- “Headaches | Anxiety And Depression Association Of America, ADAA”. 2016. Org. Accessed January 18 2018. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/headaches#.
- Rome, T. “How Do You Stay Positive When Migraine Attacks? – Migraine.Com”. 2016. Com. Accessed January 18 2018. https://migraine.com/living-migraine/how-do-you-stay-positive/.