Trusting the Timing of Your Healing
We hear all the success stories of people who have changed their diet and by doing so, changed their health. So, we implement their exact changes and wait for their exact results.
And we wait… and wait…
It only took them two weeks to change their migraines.
When will your migraines go away?
It’s important to keep in mind that each person’s body is unique. No two people are the same - not even identical twins. There are so many factors that we don’t even think of that affect our body and therefore our health:
So, while we can learn best practices from one another and likely find success in trying the strategies that many others have done, our timelines will be individual.
Setbacks can happen to anyone
I learned this most significantly this past summer when I tore the meniscus in my knee. I needed emergency surgery but the surgery itself was pretty routine. My recovery was anything but routine.
Prior to surgery, I was a healthy, strong athlete. I am extremely proactive in managing my health - diet, lifestyle, essential oils, and faith. Yet I ended up with a post-op blood clot. I was put on a blood thinner in the emergency room and later had a complication from that that landed me in the hospital for a week and requiring a blood transfusion.
Needless to say, that resulted in a significant setback with my rehabilitation for my knee.
Choosing patience over frustration
I got frustrated because the doctor told me I would only be on crutches for 3 weeks and have a full recovery in 3 months. Eight weeks after surgery I was still dependent upon crutches.
That’s when my osteopathic doctor told me to throw the timeline that my doctor or anyone else told me, out the window. They’re generalized timeframes and it’s only creating more stress in my body.
What I truly needed was to allow my body to heal at the rate it needed. It wasn’t stuck in the healing process; it was just on the extremely slow route. So rather than get frustrated with my body, be patient with it. Have compassion for my body in the healing process. These words had such a powerful effect on me.
Applying this to migraine
I found application for it across so many areas of my life. And I think it’s so applicable when dealing with migraines. Stress contributes to migraine attacks. So, the more pressure you put on the timeline of your healing, the harder it will be.
This is not to negate the insatiable desire to eliminate migraines. “The struggle is real,” was never truer than with migraines. However, give your body the time and space that it needs to go through its unique healing process.
Stay focused on consistently taking the steps you need to support your body – mental, physical and emotional health - and keep trusting the process your body is taking to heal. It is a simple but powerful shift. I hope you try it out and agree!
Can you tell when a migraine attack is coming?