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15 most popular posts in 2015

Check out our 15 most popular posts for 2015! #1 Migraine that looks like a stroke, #2 12 days of migraine, #3 Five ways to thrive with chronic pain, #4 Three states of mind, #5 Energy drink research series, #6 Vitamin D research series

Autism in girls isn’t what you think

No one ever guessed that this socially-awkward child had autism. After all, she didn’t fit any of the stereotypes. She was highly intelligent, meeting all developmental milestones ahead of schedule. She was polite and articulate with seemingly good social skills.

Dr. Seuss is to blame

I managed to develop critical thinking skills, despite the influence of certain conservative-backwoods-redneck elements of my hometown. This is in no small part to the heroic efforts of teachers. My earliest introduction was to that lovable renegade, Dr. Seuss. I didn’t realize how influential Seuss had been until I started reading to my own children. ...

Playing by the rules is effective

“Cutting off your nose to spite your face” happens when we focus on being right or fair despite the negative personal consequences. For migraineurs, there are a lot of opportunities for this to happen. Right or wrong, fair or unfair, sometimes we have to play by someone else’s rule in order to get what ...

One mindfully in the moment

Most people spend their days on “automatic pilot” not really paying attention. We often engage in one activity while our mind is focused on something else. We think we can accomplish more by doing several things at once. This is simply not true. When we bring our whole being into focus on one thing at ...

Non-judgmental stance and migraine

Like a lot of the skills already covered, this one appears simple. Putting it into practice can be a little more complicated. We all like to think that we are non-judgmental. Yet we place value judgments on ourselves, others, and events all the time.

Mindful participation is authentic

Participation is the last of the “what” Mindfulness skills. It is the natural extension of Observe and Describe. Anyone can sit on the sidelines observing an experience and describing it. Immersing oneself in the experience invites us to be authentic participants in our own lives.

Change is healthy

One moment home was a noisy flurry of activity. The next moment, a surreal silence filled the air. Even the dog sensed it. Change happened in an instant. Three weeks ago I left home for the AHMA Conference. Three days later I returned to and empty house. My three-bedroom home became an empty nest.

Describe experiences mindfully

Think about your last migraine in terms of what you observed with your five senses. Take all the time you need to review the event using observation skills.

Mindfulness: observing what we experience

Achieving mindfulness involves HOW we focus and WHAT we focus on. This time we will be learning how to observe what we focus on with each experience.

Finding self-worth in horses

Two critical events occurred that year. In my mind, they tend to fuse together because both met the same critical need by fostering positive self-worth.

Music is my drug-free high

I can appreciate talent, whatever its form. Music has the power to lift a depressed mood, energize the exhausted, and allow us to express feelings otherwise kept hidden. Music is an outlet of self-expression.