Almost everyone has had a headache at some point in their lives. Regardless of whether your headache is brought on by stress, hormones, hunger, or seemingly no explainable reason at all, meditation can help!

If you aren’t sure where to begin to use meditation as a healing tool for your headaches, please just reach out and we can advise you on the best practices for your situation.

The biggest tool in your health toolbox - and one that you may not even realize you have? Mindfulness. So how, exactly, does mindfulness play into pain management? Here are the basics:

  • When headache pain fights for your attention, you have to refuse to give it any power. Don’t focus on the pain itself, or even avoiding it—instead, be mindful of things that will empower wellness.

  • Pay attention to your diet choices and keep in mind that adequate hydration levels are very important.

  • If you feel throbbing coming on, focus on your body and posture, and take a moment to do a little exercise.

  • The pain of chronic headaches—and really any chronic type of pain—is almost always accompanied by emotional distress or even despair. The key is to not let it cause automatic reactions. Instead, focus on your breathing and take a step back from the negative feelings until you can center yourself positively.

Source: “Can Meditation Help Your Headache?”, Headspace, written by Ashley Jonkman