Migraine pain can be really hard to manage. That throbbing pain that often affects one side of your head can prevent you from following your regular chores and living life like a normal person. If you meet an experienced headache specialist, they will tell you that lifestyle changes can have a big role in preventing migraine headaches. Here are some lifestyle changes to consider.
- Focus on dietary fiber and don’t eat processed sugar. Every time you add a spoonful of sugar to anything, you spike your blood sugar levels, and this is not natural for the body, and can be a trigger for migraines, especially if you eat sugary food too often. Consider eating healthy, fresh foods that are locally available and increase your intake of dietary fiber.
- Watch out for ways of stress management. Stress remains the biggest concern for migraine headaches, and certain situations can be big triggers. For instance, if you have to travel extensively for work. Consider finding ways to manage your stress. Small steps like meditating for 15 minutes a day can help.
- Sleep enough. If you have not slept enough, you are likely to feel considerable stress during the day, and that can trigger a headache. You cannot compensate for days of lack of sleep over the weekend. Make sure that you get at least seven of undisturbed sleep every night.
- Weight management is important. If you are obese, you are likely to have more blood pressure fluctuations, and that can make migraines worse. Try and maintain a stable & healthy weight, and include some form of exercise in your daily life, even if it is about working out three days a week.
- Keep a headache journal. If you have a history of sinus and/or migraine headaches, you may want to have a journal, where you note down all the details, including what caused a migraine, and if there were specific trigger factors. Ensure that your journal is clear and easy to read, so that you can share the same with your doctor.
A few steps can help you manage and reduce the frequency of your migraine attacks, and the good news is there are many amazing treatment plans that can be considered for handling chronic migraine headaches. Just find a reliable clinic, talk to the doctor and follow their treatment, which may include physical therapy and other solutions, including some of the lifestyle changes that we just mentioned.