For weeks, I experienced strange headaches.
Of course, when this happens, most people fear the worst possible scenario. Brain tumor?
I thought it may be a sinus problem so I took sinus pills. They worked. But the headaches would return as soon as the pills wore off.
“What is going on?” I wondered.
Then, while working at the computer, I noticed something.
I was all tensed up. My face was contorted. I was frowning. I was stressed.
Racing through my mind were statements such as: “This person needs that from me, this other person needs this other thing. I gotta get this done before it’s too late.”
I am almost always stressed. In fact, so much so that it is just normal for me now.
I recalled my doctor telling me a year ago that stress will create not only headaches but a myriad of pains, ailments and mysterious happenings. At the time, I did not heed his advice.
Mindful of my heightened state of alert, I deliberately relaxed myself. I took the frown off (it wasn’t easy), decided to breathe more deeply and evenly, and entered a state of neutrality. I told my head, neck and shoulders to completely let go.
In effect, I meditated for about a minute, and tried to think of nothing.
Oh. My. Goodness.
The headaches vanished.
And they did so almost instantly!
This is too good to be true, I thought. So I went back to being the maniac I always am at the keyboard. Yes, the headaches came back.
I relaxed again and they went away.
In our modern world, we have changed our body to be on alert at all times. Many of us are in a never-ending state of high anxiety, leading to sleepless nights, bad moods and unexplained pain.
We have no idea what is wrong since the state of stress has made itself “normal”.