I was reading an article this morning published by Inc.com’s Jeff Haden, 20 Unusual Things 20 Successful People Do Every Day. As I was glimpsing through it I realized just how much I follow such a pattern myself and most likely you do too.
Think about it, is there a specific time of day you feel most productive, more alert, and happy even. Since I became a journalist, I have done several things instinctively with an overall goal in mind “Helping Myself Heal“.
Back in April of 2013, life changed for me. I was diagnosed with Hyperacusis, something I knew nothing about and even scarier than that, not a lot of doctors knew about it as well. I had to make many changes in my life, and one of them, the most important of all, was “control the environment of which I work in“.
Imagine for a moment 20 people trying to get in one door. I’m sure they could do it if they pushed and shoved and did what they had to do, which in the end caused pain. This is what sound had become for me “pain” however my case is different in that I have directional issues. That means, my brain doesn’t always tell me the correct location as to where the sound originated from.
All that noise fighting to get a message to my brain. Somewhere between the ear and the brain, the message was pushing and shoving all wanting to get in and be heard.
I collect a lot of information for my articles. Because of sound, I had to decide what was important to be heard; remember sound causes me pain. Not all sound however, it’s tricky to know what will set it off. For me I learned very quickly the use of a phone causes me pain.
Whatever material I could collect by email, I did so. That meant I could write messages early in the morning and by noon I could possibly hear back. I have always been a morning person, however with little sleep from Tinnitus (ringing in my ears) could cause me to be sluggish. I found once awaken it helped to occupy my mind so at 2:00 a.m. in the morning I’d start working.
I fell into a routine which best suited my needs and gained a very productive work schedule. I was working during my peak time, breaking when I needed to refresh myself and by the end of each day had set in place a schedule of appointments of what needed to be done when.
By putting my strengths to work for me I found that my day moved along more smoothly. I learned to use my weakness to my advantage by forming a routine, which allowed me to focus on those very weaknesses, and started my recovery.
It’s been one year and two months since I was diagnosed with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis. With a strict routine in place, I can see a glimpse of a normal life again. I have learned a very powerful word “NO“. By unwavering devotion to my goal to heal and be my own cure, I am healing. I have learned how to cope with my condition and I don’t feel crippled by it anymore.
“There are things in life one can do and there are things in life one cannot. Acceptance is the key. Know your weaknesses like you know your very name and you shall be weak no more.” wspickerman