What comfort measure do you find helps you enough during a Migraine that you go back to it again and again, and how do you use it?
I scream a lot inside my head. Or is that out loud? Either way. Cathartic. Okay, I’m kidding. Or am I? One thing I do is joke around a lot so I can laugh and deflect the pain away but I don’t know if I exactly take comfort in that or if that is a sort of defence mechanism. Actually, I think it is a defence mechanism. Laughing or crying. And I think customers prefer laughing.
When I think ‘comfort’ though I think of coping mechanism and not necessarily a trick of treatment I may use. Because I use a lot of little tricks that may or may not work on a particular migraine. But the most comfort I get from coping with chronic migraines comes from the ways I distract myself from pain and the best way to distract myself from pain is to absorb myself into something I find interesting and am passionate about.
For me, that is writing, whether that is fiction or non-fiction. From writing books to blogging.
Even if it is writing about pain, which is rather ironic that writing about pain is distracting me from pain and I find that comforting, but whatever.
Mostly fiction is what I find the most absorbing and distracting, whereas freelance the most intellectually stimulating. They actually say studies have shown that when your mind is focusing on something there are chemicals released that help block pain… which makes sense because when we are really focused on other things we do feel less pain, sure it is harder to focus and concentrate but I can damn well guarantee if you’re sitting around, alone just thinking about how much pain you are in now, have been in the past and will be in the future… it will not put you in a good mental place. I should know because that is the mental place I get into every fricken time I get a status migraine and I have wicked insomnia and there I am awake by myself just thinking and thinking is bad.
Anyway, I write fantasy fiction and I am sure some of it is escapism. That I can just dive into this world I created and for a moment, just a moment, ignore this one.
Distraction is good.
So I like to direct my mind to many, many different areas. One of my best coping skills in fact. If the pain is at the level where I can even be somewhat coherent that is what I turn to…. even if it does somewhat cause a lot of spelling errors and occasional blog rants. If the pain is off the Richter scales then I just read, because oddly enough I can read no matter how much pain I am in, which some people do not get… but again, distraction… I need something to focus on.
Here are my published works