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Prevent a migraine

Prevent a migraine
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Despite medication being a powerful way to treat and prevent ailments, medication is not the only solution. It is also important to identify how to...

Migraines can be very painful, just as injuries are. Healthy habits and simple remedies stop migraines before they even start

Despite medication being a powerful way to treat and prevent ailments, medication is not the only solution. It is also important to identify how to cope with migraine pain when it kicks in. Often one will find that the very lifestyle changes that promote general good health can be equated to reducing the frequency and severity of migraines. Because fact of the matter is that those with frequent migraines really suffer.

Migraine diary:
For this purpose, maintaining a migraine diary will help. Note the time at which the migraines start, how long they lasted and if anything you do provide relief.

As opposed to avoiding migraine triggers, learn to cope with them by using behavioural management techniques, such as identifying and challenging negative thoughts, relaxation training and stress reduction helps.

Build a calm environment:
Turn off the lights. Migraines often are caused due to sensitivity to light and sound. Relax in a dark, quiet room.

Temperature therapy. Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs help because of their numbing effect. Hot packs relax tense muscles. Warm showers or baths also may result in a similar soothing sensation.

Adequate sleep:
Regular sleep cycle is important. Maintain the same time every day — even on the weekends. Mid-day naps that are longer than 20 to 30 minutes often interfere with nighttime sleep.

Minimise distractions. Make sure to avoid watching television or working in the bedroom. Use a fan or soothing music to fade away distracting noises.

Eat wisely:
Maintain timings. Eat at about the same time every day. Keep a food journal. Track the foods you ate just before experiencing migraines in order to identify potential food triggers.

Avoid triggers. If you suspect certain food for causing headache, such as aged cheese, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol, it is time to eliminate it from your diet to see if there are any positive effects.
Deep breathe.

Focus on inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply for at least 10 minutes every day. Consciously relax the muscles, one muscle group at a time. Sit quietly for a couple of minutes. Guided meditation also may help.

With inputs from mayoclinic.org

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