I think anyone with migraine disease or other chronic illness can identify with setbacks. As frustrating as a setback can be, they are part my life. It's the way I deal with them that makes a difference.
Here's an example for you. A few weeks ago I went to Philadelphia for HUConnexion17, a conference held by Health Union, the parent company of Migraine.com. I was finally able to meet my favorite fellow migraine disease advocates – such an inspiring group.
In gearing up for the trip, I had organized and packed my essentials all while mentally preparing for when I got back home. I kept a running narrative in my mind that it was going to be a rough week and self-care would be of the utmost importance. The thing is, self-care has always been a struggle for me as it's been easier to take care of others than myself, even after 20 years of being chronically ill.
As difficult as travel is, I made it through the event somewhat unscathed. I did have a migraine attack on the second day, but was able to abort it using sumatriptan nasal spray. But when I got home, I felt like I'd been run over by a Mack truck. I felt exhausted, in pain and was becoming frustrated. I wasn't really surprised; I sort of prepared myself for it.
So I made it a point to take care of myself when I got home. I concentrated on listening to my body; resting when necessary, drinking plenty of water and eating healthfully. These necessary elements helped keep my setback from turning into a full flare. I've ignored the inner voice that says “get up and DO something, anything,” and that is success in itself.
Let me know what you think and how do you deal with setbacks?
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