Support Networks Are Important in Managing Migraine – Here’s Why
Migraine attacks are not palatable experiences at all. Aside from causing physical pain to the person experiencing the migraine attack, they also cause emotional pain. The thought of when the next migraine attack will come and how long it will last is enough to send most of us into an emotional frenzy. This ends up affecting our work, relationships, and life even more than the migraine attacks itself. You can reduce such impacts with a strong support network.
A support network, as the name suggests, is a group of people that offers support both physically and emotionally to others experiencing certain conditions (usually medical). These conditions are not limited to just medical ones, as they may also help in the area of profession and other important aspects. But, for the sake of this article, we’ll be talking about support networks for migraine. Finding someone to talk to during any medical condition is essential. No one is an island. After all, humans are social beings. We all need someone, and we should not shy away from that fact.
Take Time to Find the Right One
The first step is of course finding someone to talk with. You should not just talk with anybody. Some people will actually make you feel worse after conversing with them; you need to avoid those kinds of people. Finding the right person does not have to be hard. Look for someone you trust and can confide in. The person does not have to be a family member or a relative. Some people prefer finding someone who is also experiencing migraine for relatability and easier communication. It is important to get someone you can confide in as your primary go-to ‘support person’, as this can make your conversations more fruitful. Within Migraine Buddy, we also have various chat groups where you can reach out to get support.
You may wonder what the relationship between loneliness and migraine is, it’s simple. Loneliness can often lead to depression, and depression can in turn trigger migraine attacks. Therefore, we should try as much as possible to surround ourselves with positive energies from people both physically and mentally.
After finding the right person or set of people to talk to, make sure you reach out to them when in need. You might feel reluctant at first to talk about your condition. We often feel down during and after our attacks, but talking to the right person can make a difference in the management of our emotions.
Reassuring an Anxious Mind
Anxiety is also another common trigger for migraine attacks. The thought of a migraine attack occurring anytime and catching us off-guard is enough to make us anxious. We start to overthink the possibilities, and this further raises our anxiety levels. When other triggers are also present, this eventually results in an attack.
This particular chain of reaction that increases the chances of a migraine attack could be reduced if one has a trustworthy companion to lean on and reassure them. Offering reassurance goes a long way in calming down an anxious mind. The power of having people to offer reassuring statements around you should not be underestimated or overlooked.
Providing support goes both ways. When you advise and reassure someone who is new to migraine attacks, it is good for both yourself and the one receiving your support. By sharing your experience, you’ll grow as a person through the process and you are also helping the newcomer have an easier time coping with migraine.