Migraines are debilitating to those who experience them on a consistent basis. They can come out of nowhere and send your whole day into a tail spin. How can you help manage your symptoms and take small steps closer to a migraine free life?
Tip #1: Sleep better and more consistently
Sleeping is crucial for every part of your body, but especially your brain. It give your brain the space to restore or heal itself. Getting enough quality sleep can be the difference between a day on the couch in pain or a day out with your family. Missing your changing your sleep cycle can lead to migraines. Create a sleep schedule that works for you and stick to you. Consistency is just as important as the hours you get.
Tip #2: Exercise!
Exercise is beneficial for a number of reasons, but mainly it can help reduce the stress you deal with on a daily basis. Stress is a big migraine trigger and realistically stress is a super common part of all of our lives. Managing your stress is the biggest challenge. You have complete control over how well you manage stress and how it impacts your body. Find exercise that you enjoy and make it part of your routine. Yoga, cardio, lifting, and boxing are all great stress relievers. Combine those with some relaxation techniques and you could make a huge difference on your stress levels.
Tip 3: Protect your eyes
A large number of migraine sufferers experience serious sensitivity to bright lights. Computers, TVs, and phone screens can even be painful to look at, but it’s less common for people to think about their eyes in between migraines. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses outside. Adjust the brightness settings on your screens and devices so you aren’t straining your eyes. Be mindful when you’re looking into bright screens while you’re in a dark room.
Tip #4: Be careful about your medications
While some meds can provide some relief, there aren’t any medicines that treat the underlying cause of a migraine. Some may have more damaging effects that helpful ones. Talk to you doctor about what the best options may be. They will be able to provide you with some tips, outside of medication to relieve pain.