It is well documented that migraine headache music or soft music is healing. Migraines can become excruciating very quickly, so it's important to be able to think straight and take care of your migraines the fastest, most efficient way possible.
Cortisol and adrenaline are stress hormones that get released to help you deal with threats.
The brain senses a migraine attack before you do and when it sees it as a threat, it will also release these stress hormones.
Do you ever feel like you're having a panic attack before the pain phase hits?
Migraines create stress in the body, even if you don't feel anxious about it.
To make things a little more complicated, if you have COMT gene snips, this may predict a difficulty in detoxing stress hormones.
This means that stress hormones can linger in your body longer… so learning some form relaxation is even more vital for you.
To reduce stress in the moment… music helps as does breathing.
Do you know what you need to do to move from fight or flight to rest and digest?
Here are some tips:
#1. Develop a breathing practice. Stress shuts down parts of your brain… and I don’t know about you, but I get really stressed when I can feel a migraine coming. So, develop something that is your go to! Try this...
Inhale for a count of 3...
and exhale for a count of 5.
When your exhale is longer than your inhale this activates your Vagus nerve which is your parasympathetic nervous system. This is your rest, digest, relax and heal part of the nervous system. This will immediately lower your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and relax the digestive system.
You can do this anywhere because no one will know what you are doing. Even in a conversion, no matter what you are doing, you can count and breathe and immediately relax your nervous system.
#2. Find time in your day EVERY DAY to relax. Put your body in a relaxed state – walk, meditate, do some yoga, listen to music…. and don’t do anything else.
Music and guided meditations will help you find calm before the storm. For more tips on stress management, check out these posts:
Soothing music, voice recorded relaxations, guided imagery, or recording my own meditations, have all helped me immensely over the years.
Listening to these things before an attack help calm me down and have been a part of my migraine coping strategy for years now. Plus I enjoy music.
Consider using relaxation music to form part of your pain management strategy. There is so much to choose from, here are some of my favorites. Click around and see if one calls to you!
This CD has more than music. Candace Pert is positive and uplifting, and she has science behind her. This is one of my favorite tools in my tool kit to help me to relax and calm down with the threat of an impending migraine looming.
When you want to calm down and relax, you can gently stop yourself from worrying about migraines and letting anxiety take its hold by using your breath and mental distraction.
I have found sleep hypnosis (mental distraction) a very effective way to calm the pre-migraine panic attack.
For years scientists have understood the relationship between audio frequencies and brainwave patterns and how to induce certain states of mind by listening to certain sounds. They call these sounds 'Binaural Beats' or brainwave entrainment or Isochronic Tones.
With the correct application of binaural beat technology, you can train your mind to work for you by releasing headaches, pain, and stress. Just click on the pictures for more details.
Just one word of caution, any brainwave entrainment is contraindicated for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or conditions where the HPA axis is affected.
Here are some more soothing headache music tracks and meditations by people I listen to and trust. I do have quite a selection for you to look through here... if you get long persistent attacks, I hope you find peace in these:
Stay well, and I hope you find the right headache music to calm you down right when you need it.