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Migraine Management – “Happy Hunger Games”

Migrane Awareness MonthFor Day #3 of this year’s Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge, the prompt/topic is: The Hunger Games: “Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor”: What healthy habits have you adopted to put the odds of better Migraine & Headache Disorders management in your favor?

This is a great topic. It’s easy to get discouraged about Migraine disease and it’s effects on our lives. It’s easy to feel helpless, but we’re not entirely helpless. An important point to remember is that our Migraines don’t exist in a vacuum. What impacts our general health also impacts our Migraines. Our bodies are a great deal like an ecosystem that we live in.When we’re less healthy, we’re more susceptible to our Migraine triggers.
Here are some healthy habits I’ve adopted to put the odds of better Migraine management in my favor:

  • Drinking water to stay well hydrated. Even mild dehydration can be a Migraine trigger. Caffeinated beverages can be dehydrating, so it’s important to drink plenty of fluids that have no caffeine. I don’t like the taste of our water, so I keep a filter pitcher in the refrigerator for drinking water.
  • Drinking tea for its health benefits. For a long time, experts touted the health benefits of green tea. Now, it’s known that white and black teas also have great health benefits.
  • Moving. We all know that exercise is good for us, but exercise can also trigger or worsen our Migraines. There are some things I can do when I have a Migraine, and some things I can’t. Even when I have a Migraine, I can usually pull off some simple stretches. When I don’t have a Migraine, I use a treadmill and alternate between simple yoga and simple Tai Chi.
  • Getting good quality sleep on a regular schedule. Too much sleep, too little sleep, disrupted sleep, not sleeping on a regular schedule, or otherwise poor quality sleep can all be Migraine triggers for some of us, and they definitely are for me. I go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends and holidays. Also, a sleep study showed that I had two sleep disorders, and treating them has been essential.

Have you adopted any healthy habits to put the odds in your favor for your Migraine management? Do you have any ideas for healthy habits? Please comment below and share with us!

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  • jenni
    6 years ago

    Thank you. I’d like to add three tips from a more psychological angle which I’ve found helpful:

    1. Set aside 20-30 minutes each day for a relaxation or meditation practice.

    2. Be more assertive in saying NO to things which you used to do out of a sense of duty or to please others, but which you know from experience can trigger an attack.

    3. Spend time, every day if possible, doing something you truly value and enjoy.

    Jennifer Barraclough

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