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New Year – New Word for 2021

Choosing the ‘Word’ for an entire year was new to me last year. Remembering how awed I was to find one that spoke volumes, was powerful. This year its time to stretch out and grab a new one that fits like a comfy jacket, but you find is not comfy at all. One meant to make you break the mold and go outside those boundaries you may have laid up this past year. I took a few minutes to clear my mind just to ask it the question, “What word will define your endeavors this year?”, and will you embrace it no matter what.

I started with deep breathes and felt the words just float up like low eddies of leaves in a stirring wind. I plucked at a few, and more as they swirled into view. Then let go of many, back into the current dissolving away. Power words flowed quickly and slowly, most felt and tasted like warm cup of cocoa and so I knew it was a word from my comfort zone. One floated around and swished around my feet and caught my eye. I saw this fiery edging on this word, and it was so powerful, and outside of my comfort-zone. One word – ‘brave’.

There it was, pulsing in all its beauty, not dressed up screaming all in CAPS but lower case. Gentle looking yet powerful. An extrovert by nature and happiest making others laugh even if I am the brunt of my own humor. Seeing this word makes me shiver unsure how we will get along. Taking another deep breath, making myself step towards ‘brave’ edged in fire’s glow makes me scared enough to run. With that feeling of risk and breathlessness I intuitively embrace it. It will breathe life into my dreams and stoke the flames of my shy creativity higher this year. Deep down there is no overthinking this. This word inspires you to leave second thoughts behind.

Brave means different things. It means be assertive, work on boundaries, and believe in yourself. There will be more to uncover this year, no doubt. No one else will know what that single word means to you, but you. This year it is all about ‘You’, your knowledge, your craft, your love, and your creative soul. You again reach for your word, but it does not scorch or wound, but fire you up and make your eyes glow and your inner soul sing.

I took a moment to just inhale and exhale the word in that one breath… ‘brave’. Thereby allowing it to solidify its presence into my essence. A decision that is unchangeable and already sweeping in and burning a new path in this ‘bravenew year.

What is your word? What is your “brave”?

Nims

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Migraine my management

Migraines, they are a pain in the arse. They are, for most who suffer them, a great way to suddenly have war declared on bits and pieces of your neck and head. I included a picture of Tension and Migraine headache. I suffer the one on the right-side of the picture.

Tension vs Migraine

For me migraines are something to be cured as soon as possible. If they are caught in time they are ‘managed’ by homeopathic means. And I can function somewhat clumsily through a few days. When I don’t catch them in time, no amount of homeopathic methods will work, nor will my stronger over the counter choices of Advil, Aleve or Excedrin for migraines will kick the pain. Might as well be throwing M&M’s at me.

What kind of inkling do I get as a warning that a migraine is going to be hard on me? Sometimes I start to squint even when I wear my eyeglasses. Or I may smell things 10x’s stronger than they really are as the olfactory goes into overdrive. Hearing things gets harder as if you have ear muffs on, muffling sound. Nausea was great indicator but sometimes that can be false, because you could just be sick. Or I get nothing and BAM! game over before it’s begun.

Describing pain and symptoms is hard, and I’ll try that in another post. Although fellow blogger Emily gives a great rating system based on sound for her migraines. If interested, you can check her post out. Emily has migraines all the time. I only have my migraines last 3-5 days tops. I used to have them 2-3 times a month, now I have them once a month.

So my management used to be:

  • I tried upping the recommended dose of Advil, still the headache would blossom into fierce skull splitting migraines. (Headaches last a few hours, migraines last for days)
  • Aleve made its audience debut, tried it, great for body aches etc, but not migraines
  • Excedrin for Migraines, I popped them like candy and still they came, they conquered and I receded whimpering under covers.
  • I thought Guided Meditation would take them away. I used to go every week for a year. No, they still came pretty regularly. I eventually stopped going. Have not been to a meditation in year in a half. (Great for stress and anxiety relief which I did benefit from.)
  • Instead tried Yoga mantra chants. Thinking that this would be a lovely and stress management type of tool. Easy to learn and each class came with the chant on paper. No, they still came just as regularly.
  • Homeopathic migraine treatments. Most come in pill form that dissolve easily under the tongue. Wow, minor breakthrough! If caught early enough the pain was reduced. It didn’t go away entirely but it allowed me to function.
  • I still include cup of coffee for the caffeine, up the cups to 2 or 3 to do battle if necessary
  • Dark room if all else failed, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

My management now:

  • I still use homeopathic remedies. Works the best and I rotate through a couple of different brands so that my body will not get used to one.
  • Ice pack wrapped in cloth applied to back of neck to alleviate stabbing pain (20 Min. on/off)
  • I still use coffee for the caffeine, sometimes it’s just enough to keep things in check
  • Learned Reiki levels I and II. This is so that I can help facilitate healing, in the hopes that my migraine will not get the best of me.
    • Have I had a complete cure with Reiki at this time? No
    • Have I had some relief with Reiki? Yes, someone applied Reiki to my head and neck and some relief was felt. (That’s how I was exposed to Reiki and how I started my journey in learning Reiki for myself.)
  • Dark room if all else fails, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

Future management:

I’ll continue on with the existing treatments, they are working for the most part. Have I tried acupuncture? Not yet, although friends have given me pamphlets, names and recommendations about others who have felt relief and some who no longer suffer from them.

If I do go get acupuncture will update this blog and let you know the outcome. Until then, will work on explaining what my migraine symptoms are like. Maybe it’ll help others.

[Disclaimer:  No way is any of the above to be taken as ‘final proof’ in diagnosing migraines and treatment. Nor for remedies in getting relief. Seek professional opinions and go from there. I did and the above is what I do and is no way a prescribed way for others.]