Venting About Migraine Disease
This is a post written for the October 2012 Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival. This month’s topic was "Venting About Migraine Disease: How do you vent your frustrations about living with migraine disease in a way that's helpful to your healing, both emotionally and physically?"
Perhaps this is a cop-out, but here’s the first and truest answer that came to my mind: WRITING. And, in particular, writing this blog. Whenever I find myself really frustrated with an aspect of living with this illness, I use my phone or a scratch piece of paper to scrawl down what I want to write about.
The simple act of scrawling down my thoughts allows me to move past them for the moment. Instead of getting worked up about a particular situation (a customer wearing way too much perfume that is beginning to trigger a migraine; bright, unavoidable fluorescent lights in a big-box store; etc.), I am comforted and calmed by the fact that I can make a note of it, move past it for the moment, and return later to write in detail about my feelings. And, best of all, there’s a vibrant community of readers who very often know where I’m coming from and can share their insights as well.
I can’t quite recall how I effectively coped with my migraine frustrations before establishing my then-anonymous blog several years ago now. The severity and impact of my migraine disease were well-guarded secrets then, so having a blog through which to vent and express myself provided me with so much relief. Once others started responding through comments and through sharing links to their own work, I felt much less isolated and more a part of a community.
What do you do to healthily vent your frustrations with living with migraine disease? And, if you’d like, you are encouraged to let us know even some of your unhealthy coping mechanisms :)
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