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How Quitting My Job Cured Chronic Migraines

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You heard that right, leaving my job is what finally cured them! Last fall, I started on the downward spiral, health wise. I was getting autoimmune flares and feeling like death warmed over most days. What was new this time is that I had migraine headaches 5-6 days of the week. Some days they were so intense, I was in bed all day. Other days it was just all I could do to get through the day. 

I started looking for answers. I took a good hard look at my food, my sleep, my exercise and my home environment. I started questioning whether or not I had been exposed to some kind of chemical that could be causing them. Then I remembered that at the Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS) last year, there was a lecture about migraines that I was unable to attend (due to a migraine, ironically). So I went back and listened to the lecture. I've linked to it for you so you don't have to go searching for it. It's 20 minutes and a bit sciency, but well worth it.

What I learned from that lecture is the basic premise that we have a given threshold where the brain might get stuck in a pain feedback loop - aka the painful part of the migraine (1). And the theory further states that under normal circumstances (i.e.: how we evolved) we are pretty far away from that threshold. Then when you add on the things we see pervasively in our modern lifestyle (Standard American Diet, environmental chemicals and toxins, chronic stress), that threshold becomes closer and closer to triggering a migraine (2).

So even though I had thought I had really done a good analysis of all the health factors, my migraines continued at that crazy level for 3 months.

Then I left my job. 

You see, even though I have been doing health coaching and FDN for about a year now with clients. I played it "safe" and kept a "corporate" job too. So really, I was working two jobs for a good long while. And then the corporate job stopped being as interesting, then politics got in the way, and it was downright brutal to work there. But I thought I was doing the right thing by playing it safe with the income streams. Yet I dreaded going to work every day. I wasn't happy, but I was secure.

But the day after I left that job, was a migraine free day and I felt fantastic! I thought it was a fluke. But the trend continued. So much so that I have only had 2 migraines in the last 35 days!! Holy Pain Freedom, Batman!

And here is what I have learned from this experience:

  1. If you hate your job, nothing is worth compromising your health over perceived financial security. 
  2. Don't ignore the stress damage that can be done from "putting up with" or tolerating a bad situation, no matter the perceived benefits.
  3. Stay in alignment with your core desires. If you find that you no longer enjoy something, then try *anything* else :)

Where have you noticed that stress has had this much of an impact on your health and well being? Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear from you!