Today as I was scrolling through social media, because I’m taking the morning off and so I’m engaging in my favorite pass-time: a game of maximum distraction. Not familiar with this game? Oh, sure you are! Here is how this looks for me. I was sitting on the couch,
watching binging a new season of a funny show, eating sunflower seeds, and scrolling through social media. See, every sense was being occupied. Maximum distraction.
I play this game when I am tired, or worried, or in pain (thanks chronic migraine). It serves as a coping mechanism to allow me to pretend all that unpleasantness doesn’t exist. It’s a pretend kind of peace, and it only lasts as long as I can manage the juggling.
I digress, I was scrolling through social media. Up came an ad for a device that triggers a pressure point between your thumb and first finger to manage headache pain. Because it is 2018, this wasn’t just an ad, but a video. I watched as people worked on their computers–well, I watched their hands as they worked on their computers–walked their dogs, went to coffee, worked in offices, all aided by the pressure point device to do the things the needed to do. Activities they may not have been able to do if they let their head pain stop them. The multi-colored, glorified clothespin’s main selling point was that people could avoid taking too much over the counter medication. Daily headaches, daily pain meds, it could damage one’s liver. It was then the thought hit me:
Why don’t we just give it a rest?
Why don’t we rest? Why don’t I rest when I am tired? Headaches, even migraine headaches, are often remedied by sleep. Why do we think that distraction, or medication, or a neon green clothespin is better than just taking care of ourselves?
I’m not sure I have an answer.
I do know that daily headaches are probably a sign of stress and overwork. I know that not eating good food and depending on caffeine to fuel our over-tired selves just leads to more fatigue and drain on our physical resources. We are all so far behind, maybe it just seems easier to drink that espresso and press on than it does to take a real break.
I think I’m ready to stop.
Just stop for a day and rest. Stop putting junk in my body. Stop asking my brain to process extra input so that I forget about the pain. Stop running on adrenaline.
I think I’m ready to give it a break.
That would be ReFreshing
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