Is Overthinking the Source of Your Migraines?
Are you a 41-year-old mom with four kids and weekly debilitating migraines? Have you tried multiple medications and treatments to no avail? Don’t worry, because you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world suffer from chronic migraines, and many of them have yet to find a solution. But what if the answer was simpler than we thought? What if the cause of your migraines is overthinking? 

The Power of Overthinking 
Overthinking can be defined as an excessive amount of thought or rumination about something that has already happened or might happen in the future. It can be incredibly detrimental to mental health and can lead to depression, anxiety, poor decision making, and even physical symptoms such as headaches and migraines. In fact, research has shown that excessive worrying and ruminating can actually increase the risk for migraine development. 

How To Combat Overthinking 
One way to combat overthinking is through mindfulness practices such as meditation, tai chi, or just simply walking and spending time in nature. These practices help us become more aware of our thoughts without judgment so that we can learn how to let go of unhealthy thoughts. Engaging in physical activity such as walking or running helps release endorphins which are known to reduce stress levels and improve moods. Taking time out for yourself each day is also essential in order to decompress from all the demands placed on us by society. 

It’s important to remember that it takes time and effort to break old habits and create new ones. Taking a few minutes each day for self-care will go a long way towards reducing your stress levels and hopefully alleviating your migraine pain. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with life’s demands on your own, don't hesitate to reach out for professional help from a therapist or natural health consultant who specializes in cognitive therapy or relaxation techniques. 
The source of our chronic pain can often be hard to identify—especially when it comes down to emotional causes like over thinking. However, the good news is that there are plenty of ways we can learn how to handle stressful situations better so that we don’t have our bodies paying the price later on down the line. If you think overthinking may be causing your chronic migraines, then why not try incorporating some mindful practices into your daily routine? You may just find out that they make all the difference!

BTW, You are not alone. I went from 16 to 24 migraine days a month to less than 1-1/2 per month, and I share exactly how I did it in this blog post:  Migraine Regimen.  And you are welcome to join our encouraging Facebook community of moms who are going from Debilitated to Liberated!  Click Here


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