How to spend the pain-free days?

In September I blogged about how I’ve been having a hard time with migraines late this summer, due in part to a car accident I had in June and due in part to other factors, including the changing of the seasons.

Other than a very rough patch in the summer of 2011, late summer 2012’s bout of chronic attacks was the worst I’d had in a long while, and it really got me thinking about my pain-free days.

It’s so important to take time to relax with family and friends, to read a book by myself, to take a walk. It’s also important to focus on my business, to make sure I am getting all my things around the house done, and to keep some, if not all, of my to-do list items checked off fairly regularly.

It’s hard to know what to do on the healthy days.

In August and September I seemed to have as many healthy days as I had unhealthy ones, and I really struggled mentally on my good days. It’s so difficult to decide what’s best. My inclinations change quickly, too, and it’s sometimes hard to keep up with myself. On the one hand, I love my bookstore job and as soon as I feel happy and energetic, I’m eager to throw myself 100% into bookstore projects. But then, just as eagerly, I will delve into a book or dip in a friend’s pool because I feel I deserve to relax and appreciate the beauty of a migraine-free day.

You’d be hard pressed to find a 30-something woman who doesn’t feel as if her time is a precious commodity, but I feel I’m at somewhat of a disadvantage due to all the time that is stolen from me due to my migraine illness. If I were 100% healthy, I’d still probably struggle with what to do when. But knowing that pain-free days can never be guaranteed, I guard them closely and have a lot of difficulty in deciding what to do during those precious moments.

How do you keep a balance when you’re feeling good and energetic? How do others in your life react to the choices you make regarding what to do on your migraine-free days?

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