Sunday, March 3, 2013

One Bite

There are times when we become so overwhelmed with everything that is going on in our lives that we don't know where to turn or what to do next.  This definitely does not help us cope with our Migraines.  That was me last year.

Although I had always preached it and even used it in the past as a general question to my team at work, I needed a friend to remind me of what I had to do to get through a period in my life when too many big things were going on at the same time. 

"How do you eat an elephant?"  That question said enough for me to take that much needed step back to look at the bigger picture of everything so I could start moving forward again.

If you had to eat an elephant, it would immediately seem so overwhelming to see this big obstacle(s) in front of you where so many thoughts and stresses would be running through you and it would seem like an impossible task for you to handle which definitely does not help anyone, but especially you and your Migraines.  My elephant was too big of an object for me to see around which made it difficult to move forward.  An elephant doesn't help when trying to regain some semblance of control over your Migraines.

The best way to eat an elephant is "one bite at a time". You need to break everything down into smaller, more manageable pieces or make them more bite sized. It's much less stressful this way and although stress is not a trigger, it can help exasperate your Migraine triggers or increase an existing Migraine - neither of which any of us need. 

My friend's little reminder helped me to refocus my elephant; to put my many obstacles back into perspective and then manageable pieces where I was able to start progressing again.

One bite at a time. Don't try to swallow too much at one time; break it up.


The Schnakenbergs said...

That is an analogy I find myself using nearly every day. Sometimes that little bite is just a minute of time - I made it thru this minute, I can make it thru the next one... Sometimes it's a little bigger bite and means a day, or a week or month. It has different meanings for different people, but it sure is an important thing for me to remember each and every day.

Hang in there. I am sending you ((Hugs)) and hoping you are doing better.

MigrainePuppet said...

You are so right! Some days the whole elephant won't even phase you while other days the mouse is too big to nibble on. It can really take on the meaning or analogy of the obstacle in front of us.

Thank you for the hugs and here are some {{hugs}} for you!

Migrainista said...

Well put. Sometimes I step back to look at the big picture and rethink meds or doctors or some other aspect of all of this. Inevitably this peek at the big picture always ends up making me feel overwhelmed.

Elizabeth Swenson said...

Hi there,

I just opened up a blog myself about my chronic migraines, and would like to share it with you

Thank you and best wishes