Want to raise your income? Working from home with migraines might be a good option for you if you suffer from chronic attacks like I do - twenty days each and every month. Let's face it, it can be hard to find a job when you need one at the best of times, never mind when you have chronic migraines to contend with.
I think mastering working from home with migraines, despite the migraines, to raise your income is an option worth considering.
And sadly, for some of us, it might become our only option.
Here are my ideas for finding work that fulfills you, is flexible to fit in that crappy migraine down time and hopefully, pays the bills too.
Be your own boss,
find something that is fun and part-time or
build your own website.
I have also given some “What You Can Do Now” tips at the end of the page. I hope you enjoy them!
Let’s face it, it can be hard enough to find a job in most cases, never mind when you face the additional challenge of having a chronic illness like migraines.
There are any number of things you could choose to do working from home with migraines, despite them that is.
You must learn your migraine patterns and then sift through your experience, wisdom, and passion and find some flexible options that work for you.
Here are just two for now:
Working from home with migraines means working for yourself. When I was little I wanted to be a psychologist. I started at university but the expense was too great for me as an 18 year old to work, save and study. So I got a job in a bank after my first year at university and followed the flow. A few years later I decided to do an accounting degree and spent over 30 years in the accounting profession.
I enjoyed it, but I never felt fulfilled. My ego liked it, I liked having a socially acceptable profession (in most cases)! Have you heard this joke – What does an accountant use as birth control? …………………….. his personality ahahahah! Ok that’s an old one. But you get my point.
After the migraines entered my life, I lasted about 4 years and then had to go part time. Now there was no such thing then as a part-time accountant, so I become a bookkeeper and decided to treat all my ‘small’ clients like big ones. It worked. I loved my clients.
A few years back now, I am aging myself here, but that’s ok – I decided to pursue my lifelong passion in counseling. And after 15+ years of volunteering at Lifeline, a 24 hour suicide help line, I became a qualified counsellor. A master's degree in fact. I had to move a little slower than everyone else, to accommodate the migraines, but I got there in the end.
Before that I enjoyed studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (Diploma); Energetic Healing (Diploma) and have certificates in Nutrition, and a few other natural healing modalities.
Here is my services page: Get Help with a Migraine Expert.
So finding flexible work, you can do from home, that you enjoy is essential to helping yourself survive chronic migraines long term.
Working from home with migraines became the only option for me.
And remember – for the majority of us sufferers - this is a lifelong condition we will have to learn to manage. Working from home with migraines may become the only option for you too.
I decided to start this project whilst I was waiting 3 months to start my Masters Degree. I wanted to keep the mental juices flowing. So - much of this website might be a little too factual for some - but I just can’t make migraine facts fun.
What was fun was stepping out of my comfort zone, learning something totally new, and totally in the too hard basket …. and then having to get creative. Now that was just right out of my comfortable square accounting world - but now I LOVE IT!
Honestly, I think this website was better for me than years of therapy. Here is my link at Site Build It. They can explain it all better than I ever could. All I can say is … share what you know, please. It is just so important.
Working from home with migraines is a viable option for us and I believe we learn from others in profound ways.
My tips here in "What You Can Do Now" are inspired by the book The Passion Test. Their formula for conscious creation is this:
1. Get clear on what you want to create;
2. Put powerful consciousness on what you want to create;
3. Take massive action;
4. Surrender and Let Go! “This or something better.”
My, more detailed, interpretation to help for getting clarity around working from home with migraines sounds like this:
5. List 10 things you would love to be doing (migraines or no migraines).
6. Tune in, take some deep breaths, center yourself in your body (let your awareness sit behind your belly button) and ask "what is the most important thing to me right now?"
7. Allow yourself to be totally honest. What would you like to be doing right now for work? How about in two years, and then five years. Narrow those 10 things down to 5.
8. Now day dream about it. Yup! See yourself there in that situation doing what you love. Feel how open and happy you are feeling. If anything feels contracted or horrible, scratch that one off your list. It is not for you. Try to stay out of your logical mind, and stay in your body feeling it.
9. Are there any actions you can take right now to move towards that vision? Any small actions, massive action is better (says the passion test), but small steps are great too. I used small steps and I got there.
10. After taking massive action, just let go of the outcome. Say out loud to the universe, or spirit (what ever you believe in) “This or something better” ….. and then wait to see what miracles turn up in your life. Be patient and persevere.
10a. For taking small steps, the method I prefer for working from home with migraines, keep taking action if it feels like its going in the right direction. Stay tuned-in to your intention to work at something you love, focus on your list. If you feel blocked, hand it over to the universe - Let Go!
You could also ask for help and guidance. I heard Gabby B, author of May Cause Miracles, say something the other day I'd like to share here: "Thank you God, expose to me the truth of what I should be doing. And then don't ignore the guidance."
Oh, and one more thing. Don’t do this when you are coming out of, or going into a migraine. Do it when you are feeling balanced and free of pain and take into consideration what you actually need according to your migraine patterns. Feel free to print out our migraine diary calendar to help with this.
Working from home with migraines can take a lot of planning. If you cannot see a way to work from home, plan to educate those in your workplace around being flexible with migraine sufferers.
I worked out a 4 day a week plan with my very understanding boss way back when. A shorter work week, or the option to work from home may just be acceptable. You won't know if you don't ask.
Mastering working from home with migraines means you have to be flexible and have the down time needed to both endure the attack and recover from it.
Have you read about Parkinson's Law? It goes something like this: "work expands to the amount of time you give it ... when you give it a lot of time, it will consume that time. Give it less time and you’ll be more productive."
This means finding the delicate balance required between taking care of your health and your finances.
Oh, and your family, and your social life, and food, and ... all the other things you have to - want to - fit into your life.
What strategies have helped you financially in managing your chronic migraines?
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