If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine, you know how debilitating they can be. Aside from head pain, you may also experience nausea or sensitivity to light and sound. In many cases, the symptoms become so severe it’s nearly impossible to be productive or enjoy time with loved ones. According to the World Health Organization, most migraines affect those between 35 and 45 years of age. But despite how common migraines are for this age group, they are often mistreated.
Properly treating a migraine requires an understanding of their underlying cause, which can vary for each individual. For many, a “band-aid solution” is to grab an over-the-counter medication with acetaminophen. While this may temporarily relieve the pain, it doesn’t help you understand the root problem. Not only that, but regularly resorting to this option can be potentially damaging to your body over time.
The cause of migraines
The journey to migraine relief will be unique to everyone, but there are several themes to keep an eye on. Stress is one of them. If you consistently experience stress — whether it’s related to work, your personal life, or a mental health disorder — you’re not alone. Lack of sleep is another common reason for persistent migraines. There’s also a potential for a food intolerance or nutrient deficiencies that’s only recently developed as our bodies are constantly changing. In fact, hormonal imbalances can play a role, particularly in women because migraines are more common for them than men.
How to find relief
You may not notice an immediate change, but over time, the practice of meditation can actually lower your stress hormones. Introducing meditation in your daily routine can help mitigate the frequency of migraines and manage those you may experience in the future. And you don’t have to jump headfirst into a practice. Start small with 10 minutes of quiet time before you pick up your devices in the morning or try relaxing breathing exercises before bed. Focus on deep inhales and long, slow exhales.
Paying close attention to what triggers stress for you, as well as what may be impacting your sleep schedule is key. For instance, caffeine, alcohol, or sugar may give you energy for a brief period of time. But too much of them, or consuming them at the wrong times of day can leave you feeling irritable and imbalanced.
In general, it’s a good idea to take an honest look at how you can improve your diet to stay clear-headed. Various foods and beverages not only impact your sleep but take up space (in your body and mind) you otherwise could be using as long-term fuel for your body.
As we near the end of National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM), let us know which tips you have already implemented in your life and which you intend to start.
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