I have a playlist for my migraines.
It's not a soothing playlist to spin when I've got a killer migraine, a list of gentle tunes that will sing me to sleep while I nurse a headache.
It's a playlist that makes fun of my migraines.
There's "I Wanna Be Sedated." There's the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll," Ben Folds' "Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head).
I've got a couple songs that are musical memorials to my vestibular disorder: U2's "Vertigo," for example.
Then I have a few that remind me to never give up: Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" and Saints of Glory's "Fighting."
It's the playlist (find it below or here) I listen to when I'm frustrated with my migraines and how much they interfere with my life, particularly my running. I'll manage a few miles with these songs buzzing in my ears and I'll laugh a little or feel a little more encouraged.
Because honestly, it's tough living with migraines. It's up and down. Some weeks I don't know if I'll have three migraines that week or if I'll luck out with just one. I need a little encouragement.
My husband helped me put together this playlist, and it's been a fun reminder to not let this illness take away my joy. I can laugh at it.
"I Wanna Be Sedated" comes on, and I smile because it is SO TRUE. "Spirits" from The Strumbellas plays, and I laugh at the lyrics: "I got guns in my head and they won't go/ Spirits in my head and they won't go."
My "Head Playlist," as I've titled it, is one of my favorites to run with because it keeps me encouraged. In fact, studies have shown that listening to music while running actually does counter your fatigue and lets you push a little further.
So I hit "repeat" on Bleachers' "I Wanna Get Better."
"I wanna get better, better, better, better ..."
Do you have a special running playlist? What would you put on your "Migraine" playlist?