How Exercise, Walking and Moving Help-Migraine?

Exercise and Walking Benefits for Migraine
Exercise and Walking Benefits for Migraine

my hope in nature

A place that gives me hope in nature is the woods. We have a great park system around where we live, and I love to take an afternoon hike. It’s a place I love and I am filled with hope. If you ever come to Cleveland and visit the Metro Parks, you won’t be disappointed. The last time I was in a migraine cycle, I was down for about three days. When I’m down, it’s a tough decision to lay around and suffer or push myself to get out and raise my endorphins. I was at a level 6 or 7, which was better but still pretty bad.

I decided to go to the parks with my family. The temperature was pleasant, and the best thing was the woods provided shade and a cool breeze that I breathed as deeply as possible. My children, husband, and dog always give me hope, but seeing them in nature calms me. The picture above is one that I took simply while we were walking. My husband to my left, my dog to my right, and my beautiful babies in front of me. It gave me such hope that things would be ok. I was so grateful to be out of my bedroom and see the beauty in nature. I was in so much pain that day, but my kids had no idea.

It reminds me that although I live in chronic pain, I hope to look back on my life and see the beauty. This picture and the memories of that simple Saturday afternoon will not be remembered as pain but as hope. I often look back at pictures and can tell you the pain level I was in that day. But the events I remember as so much more. Sometimes I have no choice but to miss life, but when I can live it, I appreciate it all!

“The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge are organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association.”

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Sarah Rathsack

Sarah tells stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. Her kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate her to make a difference in the Migraine World.

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  1. Deb Rathsack on June 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Love the picture of your children holding hands in the woods Precious sweet innocence – how loving – how powerful that you can find serenity in the midst of your pain – you are stronger than you realize

  2. migrainepuzzlepieces on June 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Beautiful! I feel like going for a walk in the woods now.

  3. Wendy Schaetzke on June 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Love all your posts Sarah!!! I pray often that a cure can be found!!!

  4. mymigrainelife on June 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks Wendy! That means a lot!

  5. mymigrainelife on June 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much Skylar!

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