Tips for Managing Mindset with Migraine and a Type-A Personality
Last updated: October 2023
Are you a fellow Type-A individual, driven by ambition and determined to accomplish your goals? Do you find pride in your strength and ability to tackle any challenge?
The struggle is real when migraine unexpectedly disrupts our carefully planned agendas. We don’t want to appear unreliable or "weak." Can you relate?
How does migraine impact Type-A achievers?
While managing our mindset with migraine may not be at the top of our to-do list, it is undeniably essential. Let's face it – as Type-A achievers, we often approach life with an unwavering determination to conquer whatever comes our way. We have a never-ending to-do list, and we constantly strive for efficiency and productivity. (Just writing the words “efficiency and productivity” gets me excited!) So, when migraine attacks hit, it can feel like a direct blow to our sense of control and even our identity.
Why is managing mindset so important?
Here's the thing, it's important to acknowledge that managing our mindset is not just another task to tick off. It may seem counterintuitive to prioritize our mindset when we have so much on our plate, but nurturing a positive mindset is setting the stage for us to be resilient through this long journey with migraine.
Let’s talk through the practical details, shall we? I’ll share what it’s looked like for me, but please keep in mind, I am always a work in progress!
One of the first mindsets shifts I needed to embrace was accepting the unpredictable nature of migraine. As much as I like to plan and control my life, migraine has a way of reminding me that there are forces beyond my control. I had to give myself the space and grace to acknowledge the frustration and disappointment that come with unexpected migraine attacks. But by accepting the reality and adjusting my expectations, I was able to reduce the mental noise and negative thoughts, and shift to a more supportive, compassionate mindset.
As a Type-A achiever, I tend to view any form of vulnerability or reliance on others as weakness. I fear being perceived as unreliable or incapable. However, I had to reframe my perspective. That mindset was not serving me, it was only holding me back. I had to remind myself that seeking support, taking breaks when needed, and prioritizing self-care are not signs of weakness but acts of strength. By recognizing and honoring my limitations, I can actually become more resilient in a life with migraine, and so can you.
My Type-A nature often pushes me to set high standards for myself, both personally and professionally. However, when migraine strikes, it's vital I practice self-compassion. Instead of beating myself up for not being able to do it all, I need to be kind to myself. (I know insert eye-roll, right? But it's true!) Remember, migraines are not a reflection of our worth or capabilities. Taking the time to rest, recharge, and focus on self-care is an investment in our overall well-being and long-term productivity.
Balancing my Type-A drive with the unpredictable nature of migraine requires flexibility. I had to start recognizing when to adjust my plans, delegate tasks, or ask for help. I had to start giving myself permission to rest. It's part of healing. Slowly but surely, I began finding a balance between my ambitions and my body's needs to heal.
It's a journey, and I will always be a work in progress!
Now, I'd love to hear from you! Did this article resonate with you? Are you a fellow Type-A migraineur like me? I invite you to share your experiences in the comments below. Let's support and inspire one another as we navigate this wild journey with migraine.
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