Falling Victim to Our Own Bad Habits

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Last week, I posted a blog bemoaning my increasingly frequent (and increasingly painful) migraine attacks. I mentioned that I was unsure what to do and how to handle a ramped up cycle like the one I’ve been caught in without medication. My readers – kind souls that you are – sent me much-needed words of encouragement, as well as a few helpful tips. They also, it turned out, made me realize that I’ve neglected the majority of my self-care routine for at least a month now. Long enough, it seems, to aggravate my migraines.

Over the years, I’ve created a pretty good migraine-management plan. I try to avoid cheese and soy, keep my caffeine and alcohol intake down to sensible levels, drink at least 12 glasses of water a day, exercise regularly, relax for at least an hour a day, stick to a regular schedule, and get enough sleep. I also take CoQ10, B2, and Magnesium supplements on a daily basis. If I do all of these things consistently, I usually only get waylaid by a full-blown migraine maybe once per week.

For the past four weeks, however, I doubt I’ve done any of those things often enough to be considered “consistently.”

I’ve been working overtime to finish a book that is scheduled to be released in March. I also took on a few extra, time-sensitive projects to pay for the new car my husband and I had to purchase to replace our wrecked one.  I’ve also been preparing for a much-needed vacation, which always means a lot of extra hours beforehand. And, my final semester of school started earlier this month. A few mornings of getting up at 4 a.m. to finish a project or meet an important deadline led to a few skipped breakfasts, a couple of missed supplements, and a crazy schedule. Suddenly, I had a migraine, which led to an even crazier schedule. All at once, every good habit I’d established had flown out the window.

I’m glad my readers helped me recognize that I had forgotten what should be my top priority – to treat myself well. I had forgotten that if I don’t take the time to care for myself, then – very quickly – there won’t be any time or any energy for anything. If I don’t take time for me, everyone loses. Thank you all for reminding me of that.

I’m heading off on vacation this week, and when I return I will ensure that I firmly re-establish all of those good habits. I will go to bed and wake up at the same time at least five days a week. I won’t skip meals or dance class, and I will build time for relaxation into my schedule, even if it means getting a little less done that day. I’ll remember to refill – and take – my supplements every morning and every afternoon. Most importantly, I’ll remember to listen to my body and not to push myself further just because I can.

Again, thank you all for the gentle – but much needed – reminder. Someday, I hope to do the same for you.

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2 thoughts on “Falling Victim to Our Own Bad Habits

  1. Thank you for your post. I too can easily get derailed from my self-care routine which leads to flare ups. I’m intrigued by your posts and would like to know if you take more supplements than just the CoQ10, B2, and Magnesium? Thanks and I wish you well, especially with your new baby on the way!

    • Those are the only supplements I am taking exclusively for migraine. However, I have found that my prenatal DHA supplement seems to have helped decrease the number and intensity of my migraine attacks in addition to providing my baby with essential brain-building nutrients. I’m going to keep taking it after my delivery and see if it continues to help. I’m hoping it does. What about you? What supplements do you take?

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