I’m sure we’ve all gotten this overused piece of advice from someone in our lives: “Do you drink enough water during the day? You’re probably dehydrated. Just make sure to carry a water bottle with you.”
While our friends and family are usually our #1 support system and are only trying to help, if they don’t have the same illness, they just won’t be able to understand quite as well as we want them to. It’s hard to explain to someone we care about that we are tired of hearing this “you need to drink more water” phrase.
We could drink a Costco sized pack of water bottles and still feel this pulsing, throbbing, picking (insert adjective here) headache. In some cases, we might actually be dehydrated. But it’s 90% of the time not the case. It can be frustrating to hear this same piece of advice time and time again. It can be even harder though, to not get frustrated with the person telling it to us.
I know that I sometimes struggle with getting my thoughts and reactions across to a person I care about in a way that doesn’t seem rude or short, during an episode up in my noggin. We try so hard to not focus on the constant pain, that sometimes we forget the pain we may be accidentally causing someone else when they’re just trying to help us.
May we all realize that the people around us are simply trying to help with our problems that arise and may they realize that we are simply not dehydrated.
p.s. go drink some water after you read this