The other night, while I was in bed with a migraine, I began to “see” the nerves in my head pound to the beat of my heart. I’d never experienced a mental vision like that before, but I decided that if I could mentally “see” my pain, maybe I could mentally stop it.
I began to imagine the nerves calming. I pictured them lying close and silent against my skull. Perhaps it was only my steady breathing that did it, but the visualization seemed to work. The pain dulled, and I was able to get to sleep.
I haven’t been able to do this since. (The last time I tried, I actually made my migraine worse.) But, I’d love to know if anyone else has had any luck with visualization or another self-regulatory exercise. At this point, I’m willing to try anything – especially if it works. Please feel free to comment below and let me know what imaging techniques you’ve tried.