While medications can help treat and manage migraines, there are plenty of other healthy habits that can sometimes help prevent migraines. Lifestyle choices that promote good health can also reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines.1 Here are a few ways you can change up your routine to help prevent migraines:
Create Good Sleep Habits
Oftentimes, migraines can be triggered back lack of sleep. It’s important to not only build a good routine, but have proper sleep hygiene including:
- Minimize Distractions: Stay off your phone and don’t watch TV in bed. It’s important to save your bedroom solely for sleep.
- Reduce Stimulants: Avoid caffeine and other stimulants that can interfere with sleep a few hours before bed.
Exercise & Eat Healthy
During physical activity, your body releases certain chemicals that block pain signals to your brain. These chemicals also help alleviate anxiety and depression, which can make migraines worse.1 Your diet can also impact your migraines, it’s important to keep track of what you eat and try to identify and potential triggers.
Keep a Migraine Diary
Triggers can vary for any person who suffers from migraines. It’s important to keep track when your migraines start and what you were doing before, to help identify any possible triggers. According to the mayo clinic, until recently, avoiding migraine triggers was considered the best advice. But new research suggests this may actually increase sensitivity to potential triggers. A more useful approach may be to learn to cope with these headache triggers by using behavioral management techniques, such as identifying and challenging negative thoughts, relaxation training and stress reduction.
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