Being contained to our homes the last several weeks has been a mixed blessing, right? I've been receiving a lot of calls about what to do about headaches. Too much screen time, too much musical instrument practice from the kids, not enough sleep and seasonal pollen can all trigger headaches, among other factors. Before headaches brew in your household let's jump right in and look at some ways to stop the pain before it starts. Are you ready? Let’s go.
If certain foods or scents have triggered headaches in the past, it could be time to make a note of them and avoid them at all costs. Things like caffeine, cigarette smoke, and bright lights can be a big culprit in spurring on pain, but it doesn’t have to be that obvious. Perfumes, loud noises, flowers, and even lunch meat have the power to make you miserable.
Exercising on a regular basis reduces tension and can help prevent headaches. Choose something you enjoy doing - walking, biking, kayaking, hiking, etc. - and follow the proper guidelines for the exercise you’re engaging in. That means stretching and warming up slowly. And don’t forget proper hydration and appropriate social distancing.
Bonus: It is also said that obesity can be a factor in triggering migraines, so exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight or lose excess pounds.
Eat and sleep regularly
Lack of sleep and skipping meals can aggravate symptoms for the migraine sufferer. Make sure you are getting enough fluids and are eating meals at regular times. Lack of sleep (or even getting too much sleep) will also aggravate symptoms, so implement routine and stick to it.
Stress. Stress. Stress. It happens. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid. The only thing we can change is our response to it. Learn techniques to reduce stress levels like breathing, yoga and meditation. You can also combat stress with therapeutic acupressure, a long walk, a hot shower, or whatever you need to do to take the edge off.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, nearly 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Acknowledging the triggers and patterns surrounding your migraine episodes will help you figure out what’s causing them and minimize your chances of experiencing headache pain.
If you know anyone who is looking to reduce pain and inflammation, enhance cognitive function or lessen their level of anxiety please do not hesitate to give me a call. I'm always available for you, your family and friends for health coaching consultations and resources during this quarantine time. I can be reached at 201-338-0483.