Meditation VS Migraines

Have you ever considered how meditation could help you with your migraines? I know your probably going to say the last thing I feel like doing when I am being pounded by an earth shattering pain is to sit cross legged and chant some kind of mantra but trust me on this, it really can help!

Previously when I was struck down with a migraine I went through a whole roller coaster of emotions. These tended to start with anxiety and panic when I could feel the dark cloud descending over me, followed by becoming emotional and the tears normally followed, finishing with a feeling of hopelessness and anger at what ever had caused the pain yet again.

I would say this has been my cycle for say three years now until my very first experience with a mindfulness course that my Mum very kindly gave me as a present. On that day I learned how to simply be in the present moment, not the past or future and how for once how to slow my racing mind down. Little did I know this was to be the beginning of a whole new spiritual side of myself blossoming that could help me more than any medical treatment or pills ever could.

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From then onwards I started practicing yoga which then lead me on to some very basic and short meditation sessions at the end of each yoga practice which got me intrigued. I then started reading material on meditation and the benefits seemed to be endless;

  • Decreases anxiety
  • Improves your immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases daily gratitude
  • Helps fights diseases
  • Makes you a more content person
  • Improves emotional stability
  • Decreases any tension related pain!!!

Surely this could help me in undoing the anxious, stressed, angry mess that I had become?

I would advise you when start to meditate you literally start with say five or ten minutes at a time and build up from there. Simply concentrate on the breath, slowing it down and relaxing the muscles in your body one by one. Visualize them literally melting like wax so all your pain and tension dissolves away. If a thought races in to your head then simply acknowledge it and kindly and calmly send it on its way. Don’t judge yourself, punish yourself or fight it, just be in the now and know you are doing the best you can.  You will be amazed at how just ten minutes a day can completely start to change the way you feel and how your pain slowly decreases.

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During a migraine I used to want to crawl in to a ball under my duvet, feel extremely sorry for myself, check Facebook and see how wonderful a day everyone else is having and eat the entire contents of the biscuit tin! However during one migraine I decided to spend as much time as I could that day meditating, literally nonstop!

It was a real challenge but no word of a lie my pain became less, my shoulders and neck muscles relaxed and I managed to get through the day with some kind of ease rather than having a fight on my hands. From that moment on this was my new migraine mantra! I used to suffer for up to seven days after an attack probably because I was so tense, anxious, emotional, upset and dreading the next one however now I have learned I can beat these migraines and get back on the road to health within just two short days! Incredible, I know!

Once you discover your own power the world suddenly becomes a much more exciting place to be…

#Health #Meditation #Power #Mindfullness #Bestill #Relaxation #Presentmoment 





1 Comment

  1. Meditation is part of my daily life due to my chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are horrible and not just from the head pain but also the anxiety, depression, and guilt of letting down the people around me. Not a way to live but have to deal because it is a part of my life.


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