Five Ways to Create a Normal Life
Have you ever felt like life will never be normal again? You've tried dozens of different treatments and nothing seems to make a difference. The dream of a normal life feels out of reach and you begin to think about giving up. You become cynical, resigning yourself to a life of mere survival, stumbling from one attack to the next.
So let’s be honest.
This can happen to any one of us. Sometimes when we say that we’ve tried everything, what we’re really saying is that we are tired of trying everything. We’ve had quite enough failures already and just want to coast. We want to stop thinking about migraine every waking minute of every single day. We just want to be “normal” for once.
We don’t have to give up.
As tempting as it is, giving up isn't a reliable way to regain our sense of normalcy. A “normal” life is still possible, even with migraine. It won’t require you to give up, quit trying, or give in to some half-baked urban legend in order to get relief. It won't require that you try every single treatment option either. You can have “normal” while you are still searching for relief.
Living a “normal” life with migraine
Take a look at these five strategies for creating a sense of normalcy despite migraine. Maybe they will spark some new ideas for you to try.
#1 - Incorporate accommodations into each day.
I use a variety of ice packs to manage the headache pain of migraine. I also use FL-41 tinted glasses and wide-brimmed hats to manage light sensitivity and noise-cancelling headphones to cope with phonophobia. I could use these tools as an excuse to avoid public interactions. Instead, I use them in public much like a paraplegic would use a wheelchair or a blind person would use a cane or service dog. They are simply the tools I must use if I am to function in the world. I can hide away from the world or I can participate in it. I choose to participate with accommodations in tow. Surprisingly, the reaction from healthy people has been one of support and understanding. They would prefer to spend time with me, even with my head wrapped in ice, my eyes hiding behind dark lenses, and my hearing protected from the most obnoxious sounds.
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