Busy moms don’t have time to be slowed down by the miserable and sometimes unbearable pain of a migraine headache. But, when you have chronic pain, getting through the basics of a day can be challenging if not overwhelming. If you are like me and live with a chronic illness that causes pain like migraines or arthritis, you know the importance of managing and reducing your pain. Although you may need several different treatments to manage your pain, self-care for moms may help reduce your stress and make your pain more manageable.
Note: this post is based on my personal experience and is not medical advice, nor should it be used in place of medical advice. Medical questions and treatments should always be discussed with your doctor.
For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with chronic migraine headaches. Even as a teenager, I remember getting painful headaches. It’s hard to remember a time when I didn’t get headaches. In my mid-twenties, my headaches became so painful and frequent, I almost could not function. This is when I began searching for a specialized headache doctor and treatments to reduce and manage my pain.
In the last few years, I have been able to manage my migraine headaches better with the help of a specialized doctor, finding the right medicine, and natural remedies like minerals. I have also benefitted from self-care to help me manage my headaches much better than when I was younger.
Pain is triggered or made worse by stress. As moms, a routine day with kids can be filled with unintentional stress (kids fussing among themselves, kids not wanting to get dressed, running late for school/work, etc…) Over the years, I have noticed my migraine headaches are triggered and are more painful when I am stressed. More stress = more pain. For me, managing and reducing stress also becomes a way to manage my migraine headaches.
Self-care is a simple way for moms to take a time-out and reduce the stress in your day. A short break in your day that allows you to relax and be actively involved in an activity you love, you allow your body to recharge and release positive feelings and feel less stress.
You can read my full post on how self-care for moms can help reduce stress and manage chronic pain at Mom’s Small Victories.
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What is your favorite self-care activity? Does self-care help you relax and reduce pain?