How to find meaning in life with migraines or with any chronic illness can be hard at the best of times. There are many ways to inspire your negative thoughts back to self-love and empowerment.
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Finding ways to deal with the sense of loss of our previous organized, healthy lives and all that entails can be one of the most challenging aspects of migraine and other chronic illnesses.
Often facing this enormous loss presents us with one of our biggest tasks in life - finding meaning and a sense of purpose to our new lives when so much of what we knew and loved has been lost.
A potent countermeasure to experiencing such loss is to cultivate new interests, and from that, you can start to create a new sense of meaning and purpose.
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How do you find meaning in life when pain has taken everything you know away? Do you get stuck in depression or are you a happy soul that finds this easy?
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After doing practical things to cope with the attacks like finding a medication that works and a good strategy to deal with your pain, you may need to re-train your mind to be more positive.
The brain has a negativity bias that means it holds onto negative experiences more than positive. So we must work at it.
Even though I consider myself to be a positive person - my mind had its own programming ingrained, and I wanted change!
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I think this is important to re-frame some of our experiences in order to find meaning in life.
“Every challenge is an opportunity to take responsibility for who we are being.” Marianne Williamson
And who we are becoming, I would add.
As much as I struggle to go to work and do my job effectively, I also realize that at the same time it hugely helps in making me feel like I'm contributing and living a productive life.
Since I do not have the energy or health to pursue active volunteer work or community work in addition to my day job, at least what I try to do each day in my life is an achievement.
Learning to live within my abilities so that I
can manage as much of my self care as possible and even ... perhaps once
in a while do something extra around the house or for my partner. Any
day where she doesn't have to do "extra" for me is a good day.
Figuring out how to increase activities to offset physical deterioration without a crash or causing a migraine ... will also lead to an improved daily life. Avoiding triggers is a constant.
And even on my most challenging days reflecting on how I can do 'good' ... a cheery email to a friend or a phone call if up to it. Kind words to a neighbor. Small acts can lead to a day filled with joy and bliss.
Remembering to look at the sky and stars and moon or beautiful paintings to expand my focus and awareness to something much larger than myself to help keep things in perspective.
I remember hearing someone say that "Within each life we have many lives."
As I reflect on my various lives: childhood, teenager, diplomat, fundraiser, volunteer, yoga teacher, stage manager, now managing Migraines and CFS/Fibromyalgia ... all these mini lives have brought different meaning to my life.
But I realize that a constant thread of deeper meaning runs through them all ... and that is - at the end of the day can I reflect on my day and ask myself:
1. Has my work or activities today made the world better ... or at the very least is it neutral and not causing harm?
2. Was I as kind and patient as I could be? If angry was it expressed respectfully and appropriately ... and when failing that - was I accountable for my actions? If not, what can I do to repair the damage?
3. Did I take care of myself and honor my health needs?
4. Did I feed my mind and spirit ... with the pursuit of life long learning and creative outlets?
5. Am I continuing to try and be a better person and replace negative qualities, actions and thoughts with positive ones?
6. Did I acknowledge with gratitude all the amazing blessings in my life?
7. Did I support my loved ones to the best of my ability?
If I remember to reflect on these questions I feel I'm living with meaning and purpose.
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With the relentless and repeated cycle of pain and other things life can throw at us, I can find it hard to be positive and I am a trained professional!
So never underestimate the power of an understanding or helpful individual, whoever they may be.
As long as they are caring.
To find meaning in life with migraines you will need to draw on resources both internal and external.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Beaning proactive and staying resilient will get you through tough times.
Your own inner resolve, your will to get back to this wonder we call life, is within your reach. You just have to know how to get there sometimes. And sometimes that means help from others.
Here are some more options:
If you have a hard time finding what brings you joy, and find meaning in life with migraines, then counseling may be your next step.
Exercise releases 'feel good' endorphin's. As does listening to music, or walking in nature.
There are so many options for each and every one of us, so don't give up ... ever!
I hope this all helps you find meaning in life with migraines.
How to Find Meaning in Life with Migraines