“Ooh, that’s why I’m easy
I’m easy like Sunday morning
That’s why I’m easy
I’m easy like Sunday morning”

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This picture looks as close to, an easy Sunday morning, I could dream of! Add a book and nice cuppa tea, then it would be perfect. My Sunday morning topic is self-care, something that I think, as we journey longer on this path with migraine. That we either, become more aware of the need, to do so, or we think, we just don’t have time for.

Personally, I have learned that I must, take time for self-care. If I push, push, push, guess what? Migraine and fibromylgia, will push back even harder, kind of like taking a hit by the biggest guy on the football team. It is NOT a pleasant experience! My trick is to, divide up my household chores, into different days. This makes it easier on my body and less overwhelming.

“Why in the world would anybody put chains on me?
I’ve paid my dues to make it
Everybody wants me to be, what they want me to be
I’m not happy when I try to fake it, no”

Often times it does feel like the world, is trying to put chains on me. “Why can’t you come, you don’t look sick.” What do you mean, you can’t get all your chores done, you’re at home all the time!” And I really love this one! “Well golly gee, it must be nice to get stay at home all time.”
As if I, really enjoy being stuck in my house, about 98% of time and this past year, in my cave, about 80% of the time. Yep, I’m a real sadist, just love, love, this pain! They want me to be, what they think I should be. That is why so many of us with migraine, hide our pain, by putting on a mask. But that doesn’t make us happy and we shouldn’t have to do it! Those are the effects of stigma, plain and simple. I say that it is time to take off those masks, and show our true faces of migraine to the world. 

“Because I’m easy
Easy like Sunday morning
Because I’m easy
Easy like Sunday morning

In doing so, I believe, it will lift a burden off of our shoulders, releasing the stigma. Another way of self-care, shaking lose any mental block, that is holding you back. I recently started learning Mindfulness Meditation, meditation can be an excellent tool, in your migraine tool box. Setting up playlists on Amazon Prime music, that are soothing to listen to, when I’m feeling anxious. I’m an avid reader, my Kindle Fire is my best friend, reading takes me away from the pain. All of these things, make me feel “easy like Sunday morning!” 

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“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
― Parker J. Palmer

Live with hope,
Roni


*Songwriters: LIONEL RICHIE