Recapture Your Life From Migraine With Measurable Productivity
Migraines are a debilitating disease that robs us of our productivity, relationships, careers, hobbies, self-identity and dignity. Migraineurs miss important events, battle discrimination at work, endure the migraine stigma friends and family place upon us, all while suffering with head splitting pain or worse, that leaves half of us wanting to smash our face against a concrete wall for relief, or worse.
Unfortunately, the natural response to unrelenting pain and symptoms of a migraine is medication and rest. Submission. Wait until it passes and blows over until we are pain-free and have regained our strength. For some of us this never comes or never lasts.
If you are struggling with severe or chronic migraine and have seen a doctor (you should always seek medical attention and be under a doctors care if you are experiencing migraines) you may be healthy but the migraine pain and symptoms can be relentless. Migraines can last days, weeks, months and years. Often times no medical intervention breaks the cycle. No change in lifestyle makes a dent in the pain or symptoms.
“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” – Viktor Frankl, Holocaust Survivor
The result often times is pulling back, retreating, and disengaging from life because the pain and symptoms of migraine are too severe. Ironically, this leaves a migraineur with only a world of pain to focus on. It is a perpetual cycle that is hard to see when you live within it. Hard to imagine if you have never dealt with it. This can lead to a dark, lonely place of isolation surrounded by negative reverberations of “I can’t.”
Activeness Blocks Migraine Pain and Symptoms
There is promise in an alternative approach.
Acute pain, such as a sprained ankle or appendicitis indicates danger; you should stop what you are doing.
Chronic pain, like migraine, should be confronted by living one’s life continuously to block migraine pain and symptoms. Mental and or physical activity are every bit as effective in suppressing migraine.
It is Through Migraine™ where relationships bond, true work attained and self-identity restored.
Activeness in pain is the path out of pain.
Diversion Pain Paradox
Sounds backwards, let me explain:
This is includes pain too. You can only focus on one pain at a time. If you have a migraine, take a hammer and hit your thumb with it, with a good whack! Go on try it. You will forget all about your migraine until your thumb stops throbbing. Then your migraine will return.
If we continue with this logic, without a hammer, we can push our migraines to the back of our mind and be productive. We can live our lives during the most intense migraines. You know the ones: belt cinched so tight around your head your skull feels as though it is splitting open from the pressure all while an ice pick is going through your eye.
But how can anyone do anything while struggling in so much pain? By focusing on any activity. It is as simple as playing with a string or as complex as focusing on work – digital or physical. Immersing us in hobbies and cleaning to reading to watching something of interest to engaging in a conversation to focusing on your breathing. Any activity that you put all your attention and presence into will displace the focus of migraine pain with your attention on the thing you are doing. We call this Diversion Methodology.
The simple breakdown is: distract your migraine with an activity of any kind.
The challenge is, you have to do it while battling extreme migraines. Diversion Methodology requires concentration, dedication, persistence and practice, but it is more than possible for anyone, no matter how incapacitated you are to achieve results.
Distracting Pain with Activity is Supported by Scientific Research
Scientific studies have proven that activity distracts pain.
For example, a 2001 article In the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain published: “When subjects switch their attention between pain and another sensory modality, such as audition, parallel inverse effects are observed in somatosensory and auditory cortices. When the subjects attend to the pain, S1 activity is higher than when they attend to the auditory stimulus, whereas activity in auditory cortex is higher when subjects attend to the auditory stimulus than to the painful stimulus (Bushnell et al., 1999).”
Big Takeaway: If you focus on the pain stimulus, pain becomes the priority. If you focus on a different priority such as sound (which was used in the example above,) pain takes a backseat.
Bottom line, you will feel what you think about.
2% More Productivity Per Day
Diversion of migraine is possible by doing anything when you have a migraine. The results are tangible and measurable in productivity against migraine.
Diverting your attention away from severe migraine pain does take practice and is an acquired skill. You will likely start in small bursts in the beginning and improve over time.
If you divert your attention to something productive during a migraine to minimize the pain and symptoms for 30 minutes a day, you will increase your productivity by 2% per day. 30 minutes a day for each of your 15 migraines a month adds up to 7.5 hours a month or 90 hours per year, which is equal to 3.75 days of productivity you gain back per year! That is a significant amount of productive time back in your life. This is the lower limit scenario.
Sure there will be severe migraines that will keep you down, where you will not be successful in distracting yourself, I experience those too. You will not always win. Some migraines are too damn strong and overpowering. Some have symptoms associated with them that cannot be reasoned with. I know, I get hemiplegic migraines and more.
But what about the days where you stay busy all day and distract yourself for 2, 4, 8 hours at a time? Think of how quickly this will add up! Think of how productive you can become by using diversion methodologies. Now you can block your migraine pain without any extra medication. No side effects.
Next time you have a migraine get active, and take a glance at your watch and make note of the time. Mark it down so you can track how much time you enjoy distracting yourself from your migraine. Afterwards, send me an email and let me know how long you lasted. I can’t wait to hear how well you do!
A New Beginning
I encourage you to break free of your current paradigm where retreating and accepting what migraine is serving you is acceptable. Rise up with science behind you and try something new. When you feel pain, the most debilitating pain, know that it can be distracted with the life you miss. With the events you want to attend. The job you want to contribute to. The hobbies you get excited about and the people you love. Get back to it all. Use your pain as your catalyst to achieve because of migraine, not in spite of it.
If you absolutely cannot do anything because of your migraines, Through Migraine is not for you, that’s ok.
If you believe in yourself, that anything is possible, that you have the inner strength to dig down deep and fight like hell through the most excruciating pain, so that you can get your life back to where it should be and start living, then Through Migraine is for you.
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Either way, health be with you and ~ Never stop moving…