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Relaxation: How to setup a regular relaxation practice for migraine management

It may seem difficult to start a relaxation program, but it can be accomplished if you break it down into manageable steps. 

What techniques can be used to manage stress and mental exhaustion? 

Different techniques have been studied: 

Step One:  Review Available Relaxation Resources and Make a Short List to Trial

Relaxation has become mainstream, and there are many online audio and video resources, apps, CDs, books, and how-to classes.  Most types of relaxation can be completed independently and at a time and place that works for the person. Biofeedback is usually done with a health care professional in a clinic setting, but some basic biofeedback strategies (like hand warming) can be carried out independently.  

The first step is to review the resources available to you and to list them in order of interest, from most interesting to least interesting. 

Step Two:  Set up a Trial Schedule and stick to it

Step Three: monitor your practice

Step Four: Decide if you find the sessions enjoyable and if it’s something that you can realistically incorporate into your routine.  

Step Five: If you find the right technique, keep going! 

Once you have learned a technique and you feel comfortable using it, it will be a powerful tool for you on your path. Time after time, you will build you experience, the technique will become part of your health routine and daily life. 

If the first technique you tried does not work for you: try another technique!

I really tried, but I find it difficult. How can I learn a good technique to improve my situation?

It is not always easy to learn a relaxation technique. Some people will benefit from guidance. If you feel like some professional help is needed, consider working with a therapist.