Part Two: I Meditated Every Day For 30 Days And Here's What Happened
I was committed to trying my brain at meditation. I'd hoped it might ease the constant drumming in my head which reminded me more of a Doctor Who episode than real life. I was ready to see if this practice would make any dent in the frequency or pain level of a brain that liked to boil itself.
Finding time to meditation
So now that I’d picked out the type that worked for me (guided meditation), I had to find a time to get my meditation on. This part was sticky—much like the apple sauce pouch my kid spilled in my meditation spot. Being the mama to a 3-year-old didn’t leave me a lot of time to brush my teeth let alone find 30-minutes to sit all by myself. When would I meditate?
Quieting the mind to meditate
When I tried quieting my mind first thing in the morning, I found my meditator’s voice drowned out by the dulcet sounds of The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. While I enjoy Mickey Mouse as much as the next person, his squeaky voice didn’t help me to find that “soothing space in my inner mind cloud.” When I tried sneaking away for even 5-minutes during the day (knowing my son was safely playing in his play area), I couldn’t concentrate. My mom brain was always on high alert. The best time to practice was when my son was asleep and I was downshifting into bedtime.
What meditations worked for me?
The mediations that worked best for me were usually ones that dealt with emotional release or working step-by-step to release tension from the body. I left both of those feeling a deep sense of relaxation. My body felt heavier and my mind was able to shut down quicker. After a busy day of momming, this was a nice bonus.
Sleeping better from meditating
After a week, I noticed that I was sleeping better. When two weeks had passed, I hadn’t noticed a difference in my migraine frequency, but I did try listening to my guided meditations while having a migraine and something happened—my pain level lessoned. Just to be clear, I wasn’t able to get of bed and dance a jig but my pain level dialed down one full notch. I was able to fall asleep. This was a total score!
How did meditating impact my migraine?
When I completed my full month of meditation, I could tell a difference — not in the frequency of my migraines but in myself. My body felt different—more spacious somehow. My meditations had moved me into a less fearful place and as a migraineur that was definitely helpful. I was sad to discover that this practice hadn’t changed my migraine frequency, but thrilled to know I had a tool to help ease my pain level.
In the end, I’m glad I took the advice that so many others have given me. Now I know the benefits of this practice for myself. Now, if only my husband would take some of my advice when it comes to the placement of our throw pillows...
How much has your migraine disease changed or evolved over time?