Migraine attacks may zap your confidence, causing feeling of low self-esteem and loneliness. If you want to manage your migraine, you need a reliable support system of family and friends.
Although millions around the world suffer from migraine, and most of them are women, most migraineurs feel that nobody understands the kind of suffering they go through, their chronic pain, and some feel detached from family, friends and even coworkers, especially when a attack strikes.
Try to bring your friends close, and your immediate family closer
Migraine management requires some self-confidence, determination, positive thinking and tons of hope. To get success, it’s important to build an emotional, goal-oriented support mechanism. So try to include your doctor, close friends and family members, close coworkers, and all other concerned acquaintances.
Here I am providing you few tips to build a support system to cope with your migraine successfully:
Talk about it
Discuss migraine face-to-face, in a honest way with your spouse and close friends, and also tell them that you feel isolated, or angry. If necessary, involve a therapist. Keeping your emotions bottled up may lead to increased stress, which may elevate your migraine symptoms. Less strain means fewer attacks.
Discussing your illness with other sufferers is the best way to get lot of load off your chest without any fear of criticizing, offending, or having others call you an “attention seeker.” When your words flow freely, you may even learn few things about yourself that you may not initially realize. After all, communication breeds solutions.
Befriend people who have positive attitude
You may have fewer chances of success in life if you have a pessimistic outlook. So avoid all those who complain constantly or moan, and seek out those who are friendly, sympathetic, and full of spirit and life. Many studies show that positive thinking and self-confidence improves chances of recovery from illness. It has been observed that high hopes lead of higher success rates.
Write it down
You should maintain a migraine journal as it helps you in tracking your progress, identifying triggers, and at the same time, stay motivated. It’s important to keep track of all foods you eat every day including the time you eat them, and how you felt afterwards.
Raise migraine awareness
Try to raise migraine awareness by visiting online blogs and websites for migraine patients. Some organizations also host migraine advocacy websites to raise funds to increase migraine awareness with the goal to improve medical research to find a lasting medical cure.