“The secret of relaxation is in these three words: ‘Let it go”!”
Dada J. P. Vaswani

Each of us has different ways of relaxing, it could be an activity, such as walking, reading a book, working on a hobby, a favorite place to sit and commune with nature, yoga, and meditation, there are endless possibilities. Today I want to tell you about two of my favorite ways to relax. Both of them are done through visualization, though one began as a real activity. With the added stress of the coronavirus, those us living with migraine disease need to be more vigilant about relaxation and self-care.

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I love to lounge in a hammock, gently swaying, reading a book, of course. On our family’s yearly camping trips, the first order of business was to set up the tents, then hang up mom’s hammocks. I would spend many happy hours in that hammock, while Rick and boys went fishing or hiking one of the many trails. I joined in on some of the fishing and hiking, I really do enjoy fishing. As there is no place to hang a hammock where I live, I have to visualize that experience now. By closing my eyes and letting my mind take me back to camping time. The smell of wood burning in the fire pit, breeze flowing against my skin, the sun warm on my face, calls of the birds in trees. Breathing slow and steady, in and out, as I let the memories take me back. I begin to feel the tension loosen from my muscles, and calmness takes over the anxiety. I feel totally and completely relaxed.

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This relaxation scenario comes entirely from my mind, I’m not really sure what triggered it, but it works, and that’s all that matters. There’s something about having a bedroom with white lace curtains that blow in the breeze from an open window, that I find to be the ultimate in relaxation. I imagine myself lying on the bed, there’s a light breeze coming in the window, causing the curtains to move in and out slowly. It is quiet and peaceful outside, with no ugly sounds of traffic, just nature. I watch the curtains as they’re gracefully blown in and out by the breeze. I mimic that action with my breaths, in and out slowly, keep breathing, in and out slowing, watching the curtains. I continue breathing in and out until I feel relaxed, and the weight is gone. This visualization is one that I can drop into in a snap when I need it. This is very important when you’re struck with a migraine attack, feeling an anxiety attack coming on, or find yourself in a situation that is out of your control.

I hope that you find one of my methods helpful for you, or even adjust one to make it work better for you. Life with migraine disease is all about finding what works best for you, we all are very different, that’s what makes us unique. Never accept defeat; keep fighting. There is an answer for you.

“Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.”
Izey Victoria Odiase