• Diana Anderson


By the time you reach the stage of a migraine, your body is already in fight or flight and the pain of a migraine will keep it there. While you are in fight or flight, the blood vessels are directing blood away form your brain and it is the pain signal that communicates to the nervous system, “Send more blood to the brain.” Two emergencies happening at once. Fight or flight (sympathetic state) happens when the nervous system sees a problem and directs the extra blood to the muscles. But with a migraine we need that blood in the brain. The best way to make that happen is to calm down the nervous system so it will go back into rest and digest (parasympathetic state).

What role the nervous system plays in a migraine

  • Your autonomic nervous system regulates every system in your body. It operates in two modes, sympathetic, called fight or flight or parasympathetic called rest and renew.

  • When you have a migraine, you are in sympathetic/fight or flight.

  • You have to calm down the nervous system to get out of fight or flight so more blood and oxygen will flow to your head, which is exactly what it needs.

What causes our nervous system’s stress

  • Emotional, mental, physical stress

  • Disease or physical pain

  • Shallow breathing

  • Lack of Sleep

  • Poor Diet

  • Lack of exercise

  • Toxins

  • Rushing, worry, multitasking, pressure

  • Neighbors, bosses, family/in-laws

  • Traffic, overstimulation

  • Electronics

Electronics cause a polluting magnetic field that can, and often does, interrupt your body’s natural magnetic field. This causes dehydration of the cells because the cells need a specific electromagnetic charge in order to facilitate hydration to flow into and out of cells.

What is grounding (aka earthing) and what it does

to the nervous system

Grounding aka earthing is a term use to explain how our bodies will sync up with the earth’s electromagnetic field which is the same frequency as the frequency of a healthy human body. Stress, pollution, electronics and many other things can cause us to not be grounded. When we are grounded, several things happen in the body so it can function optimally:

  • The heart and brain synchronize

  • You become more present with your body

  • The nervous system calms down to rest in a parasympathetic state

  • Your breathing changes

  • The electrical system of your body changes

  • The body creates new cells to replace old and dead cells

  • Hydration gets into our cells

Grounding reduces and helps to heal many conditions

Chronic fatigue

Chronic pain



Sleep disorders

Cardiovascular disease

Headaches and migraines


How to get grounded

Ways to get grounded

  • Walking barefoot outside or lying on the ground

  • Music, dancing, singing

  • Adequate sleep in a good environment

  • Submerge in water

  • Use grounding equipment such as a grounding mat in bed or at your computer

  • Physical contact with a pet or loved one

  • Being fully present with what is happening right now

  • Connecting the mind with the body

  • Deep breathing, meditation, affirmations

  • Holding stones, plants, gardening

  • Exercise, yoga, stretching

  • Touch, massage, intimacy

  • Water, nature, essential oils, walking outside

  • Pets, playing, hobbies

  • Staying off of all electronics for a period of several hours

Grounding means that the electromagnetic field of your body is at a health producing state. The benefits of grounding touch every area of health and wellbeing. The best way to stay grounded is to develop a routine of good habits that include daily self-care. You could add any of the above grounding modalities to your routine. This will optimize your health and make it far easier to avoid the pain of migraines or headaches.