Relax Your Head With These Simple Techniques
Are you aware of your own breathing patterns? If so, you are a step ahead of many others and you may find it easier to learn how to relax and cope with migraines and headaches.
Knowing when there are changes in your breathing patterns can help you relax. For example, changes in emotion often disrupt your breathing patterns. If you are a person who tends to be anxious, you might find yourself holding your breath without even being immediately aware of that change. On the other hand, some people who are depressed tend to sigh and speak in a low-pitched voice as they exhale.
You may not always be aware of your breathing patterns, but now I have mentioned them, perhaps the next time this happens you will be more aware of what is going on and move quickly to the relaxation portion.
Don’t let the holidays stress you out
It’s that time of year when in some areas of the world, Mother Nature “takes a rest” and settles in for a long winter nap! Not so much in other parts of the world, such as my little corner here in Florida, where, apart from a couple of months of cold, we still experience the blossoming of flowers, the beauty of the trees, and the warmth of the more tropical climate. Don’ get me wrong. When we get cold it can be very cold at night and into the 20s.
When this time of year arrives, we turn to the busyness and frenzy of the upcoming holidays. Our calendars fill up with holiday festivities and full days getting ready for the visits and celebrations with family and friends. It can be exhausting with all the preparations – and our minds go into overload as our thoughts churn over with the many things we have to get done.
The Relaxation Effect on Migraines
n previous articles, we have discussed how relaxation and meditation can be beneficial to you if you are a migraine sufferer. It helps reduce stress, takes your mind off your pain, and has an overall positive effect on your whole body.
Another mental skill that can improve your focus and give you an on-the-spot calming effect is Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation was developed by Edmund Jacobson in the 1920s, and been used since that time by physicians, physical therapists, counselors, psychologists, and coaches for many reasons. I actually do this type of relaxation myself and have found it to be one of the most effective for me.
I hope you have had a good “migraine week” and have not had any untoward pain this week. I wanted to share four simple tips for help with natural migraine relief. Making these part of your routine can have great benefits for you. This first one is my favorite: Massage
Amazing as it may seem, according to studies, more than 47 million Americans have experienced a severe or debilitating headache in the past three months. Migraines alone affect 9% of the U.S. population and costs $1 billion a year in direct medical expenses.
The majority of migraine sufferers choose the most common approach for dealing with the pain— nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, preventatives such as beta blockers or anti-depressants, and triptans, such as Imitrex or Relpax, once symptoms start.
For many, even this approach is not effective. Migraines and headaches are persistent and often the medications aren’t as effective as one would like. If that is you, you might consider some other types of approaches to see if they can provide relief. Here are 8 Natural Ways to Achieve Migraine Relief.
If you are like a large percentage of the population, you have a lot of stress in your life. Stress can sometimes be so powerful in our lives that it affects every area and leaves us feeling anxious, maybe even a little depressed, and feeling really overwhelmed.