5 Tips To Help Reduce Your Migraines


Despite the fact that there is medication that can help you treat, and even prevent, migraines, it shouldn’t be considered as the only solution. One of the best things that you can do is to understand what’s causing the migraines and prevent them. Here are 5 tips to help you reduce your migraines:

#1: Discover A Calm Environment

When you first notice that a migraine might be appearing, make sure to get to a calm environment. When you get there, make sure that you turn off the lights because your sensitivity to sound and light has increased, and try to sleep if you can. You should also drink a small amount of drinks with caffeine because they can help you relieve the pain. Another thing that you can do is to apply hot or cold compresses to your head and neck. The hot temperature will help you relax the tense muscles while the cold temperature will allow you to dull the sensation of pain.

2: Sleep Well
Migraines can either prevent you from falling asleep as they can wake you up in the middle of the night. Plus, migraines can be caused by a poor nights sleep. So, in order to sleep well, you need to make sure that you:

– have a regular sleeping schedule, which means waking up and going to bed at the same time, including on weekends.
– have an activity that helps you relax at the end of the day.
– minimize distractions like your phone, tablet, or computer. Make sure that you close your bedroom door.
– check your medications to see if any of them includes caffeine and if so, try to have them at an earlier time if possible

#3: Eat Well

Your eating habits not only have a positive influence on migraines but also on your overall health. So, make sure that you don’t forget about:

– being consistent and eating around the same time every day;
– not skipping meals since fasting usually increases the risk of migraines;
– avoiding the foods that can trigger migraines.

#4: Exercise Regularly

Exercise can be a great help when you suffer from migraines. Since it tends to alleviate stress, depression, and anxiety, which can make migraines worse, your body also be releases some chemicals that block the pain signals from going to your brain.

#5: Manage Stress:

While you just can’t avoid stress, you can, at least, try to maintain it under control:

– By managing your time wisely;
– by simplifying your life;
– by enjoying yourself;
– by taking a break;
– by relaxing.

Source: http://www.blog.migrainepal.com/blog/2014/02/03/5-things-you-can-do-today-to-start-reducing-your-migraines