People with migraines always look for patterns. Causes of migraines so they can mitigate them. It’s something we have to do.
With all the promoting I’ve done over the past 8 months, I’ve noticed that when I get really overstimulated, a migraine is likely to follow.
I can recognize the precursors. I usually have an uber productive 12-14 hour day. A day where my mind is firing on ever cylinder. A day where I feel invincible. But it usually ends in a night where I cannot slow down my thoughts. I cannot focus my mind.
It feels like it’s spinning too fast and I’ve lost all control over it.
One thing that seems to trigger this is repeated exposure to social media (Facebook and Twitter) in a day. If I check in 1-2 times, I’m okay. I can do all that multi-tasking with instant messages and notifications flying at me.
But if I make the mistake of checking in more often, my mind starts to move too fast. It slips a little beyond my grasp.
And focusing becomes impossible.
It’s almost as if my mind were rewiring itself to adapt to social media but then it couldn’t shift gears and go back to regular thought patterns.
So I’ve been limiting my social media time more strictly. I’ve been focusing by reading books for an hour or two a day. And this seems to help.
As a writer, I need quiet to create. I need to be able to get absorbed in the storyworld and forget everything else. It’s helps me outline better and work through the kinks in my own story.
I’m online everyday, but it will be in much more controlled doses.