How I deal with chronic migraines as a work from home mom

How I Deal with Chronic Migraines as a Work from Home Mom

Unfortunately, I deal with chronic migraines. Not just chronic migraines, but hemiplegic migraines. And sometimes I do manage to get a migraine without the migraine, but with several other hemiplegic symptoms. Thankfully, I’ve gotten into a routine as a work from home mom that allows me to function most days, which is, frankly, most chronic migraine sufferers wet dream since a new medication only comes out about every 20 years…and it’s usually so goddamn expensive that most people can’t afford it.

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7 Keys to Living My Best Life (Your Results My Vary)

I am a work at home mom. And I have been for several years. I don’t beat around the bush. And I don’t put up with bullshit. I am told in person and online, “I wish I could be more like you.” Most people talk about how they could never do that. They can…they just make an active decision not to do that. Throughout the course of my entire life, I’ve made the active decision to not be like other people for one reason or another. And, yes, let’s call it what it is: judgment. It isn’t an “I’m better than they are” or an “I’m right and they are wrong” scenario (all of the time, anyway). It was 100% an “I don’t want that for me,” and we are all entitled to our own boundaries and desires.

Here are the 7 keys to living my best life as a work from home mom. If you choose to embrace them or only some of them or how your choose to interpret or embrace some or all of them may vary your results because you and I do not live the same life…and you should also make your own decisions and decide what is important to you, your results may vary.

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No One Gave a Shit about the Struggles of Working from Home Until COVID-19

And then all of a sudden, people wanted to complain about how it was “unsustainable for working parents.” It isn’t that it is somehow “unsustainable.” The truth is that some people just don’t like it and they don’t want to own up to that. As I’ve said before, working from home isn’t for everyone.

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The Busy Freelancer’s Guide to Reducing Stress

COVID-19 has me hoppin’… And I am naturally a planner…and also I am the anxious type. I have C-PTSD to boot. Since I work from home full time, I know a thing or 5,000,000 about stress…and being busy. While I do not refer to myself as a freelancer because of the negative connotations associated with the word, I make it my daily mission to find ways to reduce my stress. Because, frankly, having a fucking heart attack or stroke doesn’t sound like a whole of fucking fun. Call me crazy.

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Unwinding When You Work from Home

When you work from home, it’s not always easy to unwind after a stressful project or day. You live in your workspace…even if you’re like me and have a space in your home that is a separate office. I mean, even though I have a home office, I do come out from time to time with my laptop into the living room with my family…

Yet, we don’t have a commute. We don’t have a separate place of business. It’s not easy to just walk away and be done for the day. Yet, unwinding is a total necessity because it lessens and, for many, prevents burnout.

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Productivity Powerhouse

I’ve learned to make what other people generally consider shortcomings into my superpowers. I talk about it in my book Kill Something and Drag It Home. I do not believe that we have to let diagnoses fully define who we are. Does it affect who we are? Sure. It is part of who we are, but it doesn’t have to own us. I am diagnosed with both complex post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder…and I am (usually…like anyone else, I can have my days that suck) a productivity powerhouse.

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6 Key Lessons for Living a Happier Life

I have CPTSD…and I am not one for beating around the bush. And I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to feel miserable forever. While I recognize that there are days that just suck and that brain chemistry can have something to do with that, we also have free will. We also have the ability to make a decision to do something different and begin the process of rewiring the brain. And, no, that doesn’t make it easy. That doesn’t make every day full of sunshine and butterflies. Some days still fucking suck. But we do not have to live every day like in misery.

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How to Stop Feeling Like You’re Always Behind

Even before COVID-19 happened and a lot of people had to start working from home, many of us felt like we were always behind. We had work to worry about…and a family…and don’t forget about that personal life you’re supposed to have. I mean, social media makes it look so easy. It’s easy to feel like you’re always behind…like you’re somehow failing at life. And that feeling doesn’t go away if you work from home. It doesn’t go away if you stop working from home, either. Both come with their own set of problems. Here’s how to stop feeling like you’re always behind.

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Dealing With Isolation & Minimizing Burnout: COVID-19 Edition

Last night I noticed an uptick in stats for the original post on how people who are new to working from home can deal with isolation and minimize the likelihood of burnout. And that’s cool and all…but it basically tells you to get the fuck out of the house and do stuff. Which, during COVID-19 is much more difficult with shelter in place orders and most states ordering non-essential businesses to close. So, it’s time to update that and talk about some ways you can deal with isolation and minimize burnout when the world is scary and we’re being told to stay the fuck at home for our safety and for the safety of others.

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