My thoughts and feelings on this subject lean toward the idea that you must try to change something in your life if you want to see a difference in your life. If you are doing all the same things this year expecting a different result, I think you are going to be disappointed. My belief is that I can control the pain and frequency of migraines by controlling my diet and lifestyle. I think it would be wise to evaluate the way I did things last year and see if there is room for improvement. If my "goal" is to reduce the pain and frequency of migraines, what behaviors can a change to accomplish that "goal".
Are there certain aspects of my life I can change in order to improve my migraine lifestyle?
Here are some questions I am asking myself:
Food: Am I eating right? Have I eliminated packaged foods? Am I eating whole foods?
Sleep: Am I getting enough sleep? Do I have a consistent bedtime and wake time?
Hydration: Am I drinking enough water? Or am I drinking too many caffeinated beverages? Am I drinking any artificial sweeteners?
Exercise: Am I exercising regularly? Am I exercising at an intensity that will increase endorphins?
Stress Reduction: Am I reducing our daily stressors? Can I reduce the importance of "the little things" and focus on what is important? Are my finances causing stress and is there a way to modify that stress? Do I need to DEclutter my house or get organized?
Happiness: Do I have a hobby, sport, or activity that adds joy to my life? Am I surrounding myself with happy people? Do I have a positive attitude?
If I am honest with myself, I would say there is room for improvement in some of these areas. Some things I am very consistent with and others I have a tendency to slack on. But when I look at my responses to these questions it helps me to see an area where I can develop my New Year's Resolution around. Once I have set a goal, I will try to hold myself accountable. If I slack some...I will try to get myself back on track. Like I said if I don't try at all, then I definitely will not succeed. I have my 2014 planner ready and it's time to start tracking my progress:)
Good luck to everyone in the New Year. I hope this year finds you free from migraines and making positive changes to eliminate them.