Are you one of those people who pretty much know what causes your migraines? It is a great preventative when you know your causes so that you can prevent the triggering of migraines by avoiding certain triggers when possible. Still, the real question is, what can you do to help reduce the amount of migraines, decrease the severity or prevent the migraines from occurring?
Listed below are five tips to help you cope and find a solution to preventing your migraines.
Tip #1 – Keep a Diary of Your Migraines:
The first step is to try to figure out what triggers your migraines. Keeping a diary is a great step toward finding a solution, so your migraines do not disrupt you and stop you from having a healthy, happy and productive life.
If, for example, you think weather is a reason for your migraines (which is definitely a trigger for me), then record any of the common weather and environmental factors that may have triggered your migraines.
Tip # 2 – Make Changes in Your Daily Regimen:
It has been proven – and I can certainly attest to this in my own life – that making changes in your everyday life can help reduce the number and severity of migraines you are experiencing. Try incorporating some of the following to help improve the number of migraines you experience monthly.
- Sleep: Make sure you get enough of sleep and keep a consistent bed time each night. Interruptions in your sleep schedule, like getting too much or too little sleep, can trigger a migraine.
- Exercise regularly: Research has shown that regular, moderate aerobic exercise can reduce the severity, duration, and number of migraines in many people. Regular exercise also helps control stress, which is another migraine trigger.
- Eat regular meals: Eating healthy meals regularly is important in maintaining the level of your blood sugar. A drop in blood sugar can trigger a migraine.
- Drink plenty of water: Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which can trigger migraines.
- Limit stress: For many migraine sufferers, stress is a big trigger factor. Take time each day to relax. Find something that helps you relax, such as listening to soothing music, taking short walks, meditating or doing breathing exercises.
- Incorporate alternative therapies: You may want to consider some type of complementary therapy to help prevent migraines. For example, you may be able to manage stress and prevent migraines through acupuncture, massages, chiropractic, etc.