Today I’m on my way up to New Hampshire to spend 3 blissful days with my best friends. The face masks are packed. The massages are booked. The food has been Yelp’ed. All the romantic comedies have been considered. All evidence of fun and fall will be on Instagram.
Migraine update: Some days are better than others, but on the whole these migraines are certainly lightening up. The past two weeks I’ve experienced several full days without even a mild headache, and on those days, I find myself constantly saying to Daniel, “Can you believe it?” as though it’s a small miracle we’re witnessing. I’m grateful but nervous, too, that maybe it’ll go back to what it was. Here are the things I’m doing to fix my broken head:
1. Reduce Screen Time.
I’m on my computer constantly. Everything I do is online—from work to leisure—so this is especially hard. But I’m beginning to notice a connection between how long I stare at that screen (or my phone) and my headaches. Knowing this is making me more purposeful while working. I either try to get my work done and get off the computer (which is admittedly not always possible) or I try to add in frequent breaks.
2. One Coffee a Day
I know, I know—how obvious. Coffee/caffeine is often the first place to start when trying to troubleshoot a headache. But I’d tried to cut out coffee and caffeine before—earlier this year, in fact—and when nothing changed, I assumed coffee wasn’t the problem. A week ago, I tried again, limiting my coffee consumption to one per day, and so far so good.
3. More Magnesium
I’ve been taking supplements and it could be working.
4. Bye Bye Sugar and Gluten—For Now
Admittedly, I already eat very little sugar and very few grains since Daniel eats low carb (and you know I eat mostly wholesome). I don’t intend to eliminate both forever, but I was/am desperate. When I decided to take this step two weeks ago, I would have done just about anything to get rid of the pain. I’m really hoping this one doesn’t make a difference.
Thanks for hanging in there with me and for all of your advice, personal stories, and loving messages. They mean the world to me, seriously. xoxo
Here are the links that caught my eye this week:
Fancy Butter Taste Test | Lucky Peach
Thorough Review: Vegan Vanilla Protein Powders | Minimalist Baker
Ina Garten’s 5 Tips for a Better Date Night | The Kitchn
How to Give Yourself a Breast Exam | Buzzfeed
Daily Mindful Check-In Practice | Mindful.org
Correct way to pack and ship those holiday treats | Cooks Illustrated