I don’t know this body.


This week has been a real test for me.

I have been struggling. Physically. And I think my connection with my body – through yoga – is presenting a challenge.

Here’s what yoga has taught me: When it comes to moving my body, I can figure out how to fix discomfort.

I can bend my knees a little more or a little less.

I can bring my feet closer together or farther apart.

I can take a child’s pose.

I can push a little harder or back off a little more.

Physically, I can figure things out.

But this week, I haven’t been able to fix me.

I have had a headache. A headache that isn’t like anything I can identify. Severity has varied from 3 to 8, but I have had a constant headache. And I can’t figure it out. Is it allergies? Is it a migraine presenting differently? Is it blood pressure? Is it hormones?

I don’t know.

And, more than the headache itself, I’m finding myself irritated that I can’t figure out what is going on so I can’t figure out how to fix it.

A few months ago? I would have just taken 2 Aleve and it would have been done. I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. I would have just treated the headache and moved on.

But today, this connection that I feel with my body makes me want to figure out the cause and fix it. But now I’m dissecting it. I’m dissecting my symptoms, how I’m moving, and what I’m drinking and eating. I’m drinking a variety of teas. I’m keeping a pretty detailed journal. I’m trying to figure it out.

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I don’t want to fix the symptom. I want to fix what is wrong.

Today, though, I finally took those 2 Aleve, and I feel seriously better. Almost normal even.

And, based on the calendar? There’s a good possibility this is hormones. The healthier I get, the more pronounced PMS symptoms get. I know this, I just forget it often.

I need to find a tea for that.



  1. That doesn’t sound good, I get migraines & headaches as PMS symptoms and on the plus side, I know when it’s likely to happen and can plan accordingly and on the other, all I can really do is wait it out, I can’t stop what causes them! I don’t have a tea for it but B12 and magnesium supplements do help (apparently women who suffer from hormonal migraines seem to be lacking in those things and I also take CoQ10).
    If you do find a tea let me know!

    • I’m taking CoQ10 too!

      I am an iced tea person. This week, I’m steeping one hibiscus bag and one lavender bag. Mixing in a teaspoon of local honey and a teaspoon if lemon juice. I pour over ice to cool and dilute. I don’t know if it works, but it tastes lovely!

      On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 7:10 AM, my radical commitment

  2. Try peppermint oil for the headaches! Seriously, it totally works! (It also works for pains during yoga… like for when my feet hurt during Warrior – I’ll apply it to my ankles and tops of feet and MAGICALLY it doesn’t hurt, OR I can do it longer before it hurts). Anyway, apply the peppermint oil to your temples. It helps!!!

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