If you have been diagnosed with chronic migraines, you know that sometimes the painful and often long-lasting symptoms can leave you feeling frustrated with yourself, your body, your doctors and the people in your life. Maintaining a sense of self-love can feel out of reach when your own body seems to be fighting against you. Enter Lizzo, queen of all body positivity.
Lizzo is much more than just a talented musician. She is an inspiration to people whose bodies fall outside the general idea of ’perfect’. Instead, she teaches us to celebrate the imperfect and to cherish our perceived flaws as unique components of our identity.
“I love creating shapes with my body, and I like to normalize the dimples in my buttocks or the lumps in my thighs or my back fat or my stretch marks. I like to normalize my black-ass elbows. I think it’s beautiful. “
The depth of Lizzo’s self-esteem is clear from this quote Essence. In the same way that Lizzo advocates for unconditional acceptance of her body, those suffering from chronic migraines may reconsider their own perception of the condition.
Migraines can last for hours or even days, caused by anything from weather changes to a bad night’s rest. As a result, there may sometimes be times when you are unable to offer, assist, or work at the level you think is expected of you. Especially if you are experiencing intense migraine symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness or sensitivity to light, it can be a challenge to look beyond the pain.
If you do not have the energy or ability to be as productive as you want to be, the focus of ‘what you want’ can be, if you know what your limits are and set boundaries. can not now “in” what you do can do it for yourself now. “Learning how to reduce your pain, rather than pushing it through, can help resolve some of the negative self-talk migraines that suffer frequently.
Do you ever feel like you spent your self-care budget just because you had to take leave because of your migraines? As Lizzo said NBC News:
“Self-care is really rooted in self-preservation, just as self-love is rooted in honesty. We need to start being more honest with what we need, and what we deserve, and start serving it to ourselves.”
The difference between self-care (taking time off from work) and self-love (without blaming yourself for needing that time) is the conscious effort to say “yes” to what you need most. A quiet, dark room may be what you need, and asking for that space and time unnecessarily can be part of your self-care practice. Describing how you see your own needs during your migraines, and being honest with the people around you, is perhaps exactly what Lizzo recommended.