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Hello again, fellow Risers! Ally here! I have been a migraine sufferer since the age of 2, diagnosed at the age of 5. At 31 years of age, it’s been a long battle against the migraine foe, that at times seemed all-together hopeless. Nevertheless, my family and I kept pushing for more and better treatments. After jumping through all the burning hoops with insurance, I was finally able to start Botox injections. Since starting Botox over 3 years ago, I have seen significant, positive change in the number and severity of my migraines.
I’ve been able to (mostly) reclaim my life and am actually able to plan and follow through on new goals I never thought would have been attainable. However, I still struggle with main cause of my migraines: stress. In this busy, chaotic world we live in, high levels of daily stress are almost unavoidable. Stress can take a terrible toll on your mind and body and without attempting to control it, it will! It has come down to how we as individuals can cope and move on from these stressful situations.
For me, exercise plays a large role in managing my stress and even simple breathing exercises can help lighten the emotions I am feeling. So, if you feel your muscles tightening, your fists beginning to clench and the stress coming on, take a step back and try a breathing exercise: Breath in for 8 seconds, hold for 4, exhale as long as you can…. The road of progress is long and difficult but every step closer matters!