Migraines and Me Time – Tips for Getting Time to Yourself

Migraines can impact every aspect of our lives. To maintain our internal balance, it’s essential to have some time to ourselves, even during holidays and other busy times. That “Me Time” isn’t just a luxury; it’s important to our health and being more resistant to our Migraine triggers.

Let me explain that statement a bit. When we’re stressed, we tend to do or not do things that can be Migraine triggers — not drinking enough water, drinking too much caffeine, not eating meals on time, getting our sleep patterns messed up, crying, and so on. Me Time can go a long way toward reducing stress, so it’s essential.

Let’s explore some ways of making sure we get our Me Time wherever we are, regardless of how busy life becomes…

Stay at a hotel. Staying with family and friends can be great fun, but it tends to be fairly busy, intense time. When possible, consider staying at a hotel instead. That way, you have a quiet place to retreat to, and you begin and end each day there, a place under your control.

Find a hidey hole. If you do stay with family and friends, find an out-of-the-way spot where you can go to be quiet and get some Me Time. That might mean grabbing your coat and going outside, or it might mean locking yourself in the bathroom, but find a spot where you can be quiet and alone for a bit.

Go for a walk. This doesn’t work as well in big, noisy cities, but going for a walk can be a good way to get some quiet time and get some exercise as well.

Learn to meditate. Meditation is great for Me Time. You may need to have a quiet place when first learning meditation, but once you’re more practiced at it, absolute quiet may not be necessary. Meditation can allow us to find a place where we’re alone and tune out the noise that’s creeping in.

Take a bath or a nice, long shower. Get a bath pillow so you can lie back and soak in comfort. If you prefer showers, invest in a good massaging shower head. This is one time when we usually get some privacy, so take advantage of it for Me Time.

Fix yourself a cup of herbal tea and banish the world for 10 minutes. Chamomile tea is great for relaxing. Fix a cup, take it to your hidey hole, and really relax.

Dump the guilt. We’re all entitled to some Me Time, so dump the guilt you may feel about it. The world is not going to crash and burn if we withdraw for 10 minutes. Even if you’re hosting people in your home, you don’t have to play hostess or host every minute.

Me Time is a critical part of my Migraine management and overall health strategy. I take 30 minutes for myself first thing in the morning to meditate, pray, and center myself for the day to come. On days when I don’t get that time, the entire day seems “off.” On difficult days, I take additional Me Time breaks.

What do YOU do for Me Time? Please post a comment and share with us!

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