Stress, Migraines, and You: Unpacking the Connection

We all know ‘stress.’ It’s a universal experience that gnaws at all of us at different points in our lives. It’s that relentless force that creeps up on us, making everyday tasks that much harder. It doesn't just hit us mentally or emotionally. It takes a toll on our bodies too. In this blog post, we’re unpacking the connection between stress and migraines so you know how to minimize pain and live migraine-free.

The Flight Or Fight ResponseHere’s what happens when we’re stressed: When we feel threatened or overwhelmed, our body kicks into “fight or flight” mode. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline flood through our system, messing with everything from our blood pressure to our digestion. Not much fun, right?

Our ancestors had the same reaction, but for them, it made sense. They needed that overload and that metabolic "turbo boost" to escape predators or overcome immediate threats. For us, it's a different story.

The Problem with Chronic Stress

The biggest problem occurs when our stress becomes chronic. That constant racing pulse and that "always on-edge" feeling is your body's response stuck on repeat, and it's not good for your health.

Chronic stress weakens our immune system, clouds our memory, speeds up signs of aging, and surprisingly, it reduces our migraine threshold.

Stress and Migraines
Now, let’s talk about the tricky part of this stress and migraine connection. Stress triggers inflammation in our bodies, including our brain. For us women, this is particularly noteworthy because this inflammation can lead to migraines.

So how do we switch our relationship with stress to avoid painful migraines?

The answer is… the Migraine Freedom Protocol™.

The Migraine Freedom Protocol™
With the Migraine Freedom Protocol™, we can learn to navigate stress differently. Instead of letting it slip into a chronic state, we’ll tackle it head-on. We learn to modulate our mindsets so we keep our stress in the 'acute state,' which helps us manage our *migraines. This shift can create a significant difference in our lives.

Chronic stress might seem like the Ghost of Christmas past in the room that we can't shoo away. But believe me, we can learn how to build a better relationship with stress.

Exercise, getting more sunlight, practicing gratitude - these are just a few ways we can transform stress from a trigger into a manageable part of our lives.

A Chance For Transformation
On November 20th, 2023, you’ll have the rare opportunity to talk to current members and alumni of the Freedom From Migranes Method and Destination Zero programs to hear how they went from stressing their way through life to migraine freedom. This could be your chance to begin your migraine-free future. Register for the event HERE!

I want you to know that I feel your struggle with chronic migraine pain. If the thought of a headache-free holiday seems like a dream, I want you to know… it's genuinely possible. I'm thrilled to share two fantastic 2023 Holiday Offers to help you find relief from your migraines this holiday season.

Holiday Offer 1: Freedom From Migraines Method in 2023 — On Us (10 Spots)
Start your migraine freedom journey in 2023 and I’ll gift you the holiday season on me. Your official start date will be January 1st, 2024. That’s a bonus (up to $1836) depending on the FFMM program best suited for you.

Holiday Offer 2: Go Beyond with Our FFMM Plus Program (4 Spots)
Designed for busy moms, this tailored end-of-year program offers lasting relief without disrupting your festive plans. Get everything from the FFMM Complete, plus over $2,500 in bonuses!

These spots won’t last, so seize the gift of a migraine-free future and claim your offer today. I'm here with you every step of the way, offering a helping hand on this freedom journey. Here’s to a holiday season and future that is brighter, less stressful, full of memories, and pain-free.

Head on over to this post in the Women’s Migraine Freedom Facebook Group to take advantage of these Holiday Offers!

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Debbie Waidl is the Owner of In The Balance Health Coaching LLC, and Founder of The Freedom From Migraines Method™   & The Migraine Freedom Protocol™ 
She supports busy moms living with Migraines. 

Debbie will uncover what is holding them back from migraine freedom so they can live their life pain and symptom free, work productively, spend the time they want with family and friends, and stop missing out on the things they enjoy.

A message from Debbie:
"I was once right where you are now.  100% believing there was NO WAY to end migraines and my only option was to learn how to live with them or find that magic pill that maybe would work for a while.  If anyone told me back then that I could end my pain once and for all, I would have called BS and popped another pill!

Skeptical times 10  was my middle name for sure because when you try it all and everyone tells you they can help you and they don’t.   You stop believing…  you lose HOPE!

I now realize I was approaching my migraines all backward.

I was trying to cover up symptoms versus trying to end my pain."

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