How do you manage stress?

How do you manage stress?

We all know how migraine severity, frequency, and symptoms can vary dramatically from one person to the next. Although the International Headache Society removed stress from the list of potential triggers, stress is still recognized as an exacerbating factor (something that makes us more susceptible to triggers) – and most of us can agree with that!

This is why it is particularly important to keep stress in check. Based on results from our Facebook poll, the ways we manage stress are as varied as our migraines. Some turn to more traditional methods such as meditation and religion while others choose more creative methods…..see what the community had to say in the word cloud below:

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Tell us – how do you find relief from stress? Please share in the comments!

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  • Objective Medical Evidence
    4 years ago

    Verapamil. 180 MG 2x/daily preventative dose. Works 95% of the time. The other 5% I have to dip into an old reserve of Midrin. That will not last forever. The FDA hosed us on that on.

    I also plunked down a couple of hundred bucks on a THUMPER (The big one). Use it on my neck til it’s jelly. Smells come back. Colors come back. My foul mood goes away. All is right with the world.

  • MigraineSal
    4 years ago

    I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation every night for c 9 months now and haven’t been suffering with stress ( touch wood ! ) . . . this is unusual as I was always known as a bit of a stress head !

    I have come to the conclusion that meditating every day ( usually just before sleep, or earlier if I haven’t had a good nights sleep the night before ) has my body and brain associating meditation with peace and calmness.

    The beauty of this is that laying with an iced wheaty bag in the small of my neck ( neck pain is my major trigger ) with an iced wheaty pack on my eyes whilst listening to my Chakra Meditation with subliminal messages seems to bring me to a very relaxed state that more often than not will lead to a deep sleep. This is my first line treatment ( along with upping my preventative meds ) when I have a bad migraine and I have noticed a marked difference when I use this method after practicing it daily. I do honestly believe that practicing the same meditation every day, with the ice that my body craves, triggers the peaceful relaxation needed to keep the stress in check and help with migraine relief . . . try it for a week, or two and see if it makes any difference to you.

  • tiphoenix
    5 years ago

    I lie down on my bed peacefully having no one disturb me for a while. Then I listen to the sound of waterfall on net for some time. This usually calms me a bit.

  • taralane
    5 years ago

    I lie down in a dark room with an ice pack and listen to classical music – not too loud, or my stress will increase. I concentrate on my breath and slow everything down as much as possible. I find this helps me relieve the stress and keeps me relaxed.

    Unfortunately, the stress comes back soon after I get up. I am continuing this in the hopes it will become more automatic. Keeping my breathing even has been the biggest help.

  • AmyBabee
    6 years ago

    I used to be a big time ‘worrier’. Any little thing and I’m off. Now I have learned to process: first find out what and why I am stressing. I then pray and hand it over to God and try to put it out of my mind and get some sleep. Basically, I find out when I wake up that its nothing really. Anything that does not involve human life is not worth stressing about. People deal with bigger issues than whatever it is I am stressing over daily but as they say, the size of your cross determines your stress level. Prayer helps me a lot…I hand it over to the ONE who knows it all and let HIM deal with it.

  • Jenn Tyborski
    6 years ago

    Sleep is my answer. That, or lounge around and watch some tv. TLC usually does the trick for me. However, I usually take a nap because when I wake up, I feel refreshed, and am able to put a new perspective on what’s stressing me out!

  • lara
    6 years ago

    I relax with my cat or I take long, hot baths and read. If I can’t read in the tub because I’m too “migrainy”, I’ll prop up my iPhone and stream a movie to it while I’m in the tub (yeah, I know.) Once I’m out of the tub, I’ll listen to music.

  • lara
    6 years ago

    Oh and I play around in photoshop which is my way of being artistic.

  • pittmanky
    6 years ago

    I relieve stress by dancing. I started ballroom dancing in July and it has helped with my headaches. So I dance the stress (and headaches) away!!

  • chica22
    6 years ago

    I relieve stress by exercising and doing Yoga…can’t live well without those things.

  • Val Frost and Bubbles
    6 years ago

    Hi everyone. Most of the time when the stress-load exacerbates an already existing M, I just make a fresh mug of tea and take my pills and a cold-pack and lie down. It depends on the amount of stress involved. If the stress overwhelms me, I still have a tea but I divert my thought processes to either crocheting or reading. TV and computer – to excess, triggers my ocular migraines, so soft classical music is a pampering way to de-stress. Val and Bubbles, my Newfoundland Service Dog – plus my 4 cats.

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