Managing stress

Stress can really impact our migraines, so many of us are looking for different ways to manage stress. Here are some ideas our community members shared!

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This may sound obvious, but a good night's sleep does wonders for reducing stress. We know it can be tough to get enough sleep every night, but try to make sleep a priority whenever possible.

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Do you have sleep-related migraine triggers?

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Yes, we said it! Sex is a known stress-reliever, and some have even said that it can be used to "treat" an attack! Of course, others say that sex is actually a migraine trigger, so unfortunately it may not provide stress relief for everyone.

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Does sexual activity trigger your migraines?

Marijuana has been used for pain relief in many capacities for decades, and several of our community members tout it as a great reliever of stress, too!

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Have you tried marijuana for stress relief?

There's nothing like a good massage when it comes to relieving stress. Whether it's from a professional massage therapist or a loved one, a massage can melt our troubles away!

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Have you tried massage for your migraines?

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Catholic? Jewish? Buddhist? Spiritual? For those who practice prayer, stress relief is a wonderful benefit.

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Does religion/faith help you cope with migraines?

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There is truly nothing like the sound of the waves reaching the shoreline, or the smell of the salt air to sooth the soul.

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Do beach trips help with stress relief?

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Fioricet, which is a combination of acetaminophen and caffeine, can be used for both pain management and stress relief.

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Have you used Fioricet for the treatment of your Migraines?

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Whether you prefer classical, jazz, rap, or the blues, there's nothing like a good tune to ease your mind and melt stress away.

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Does music help with stress relief?

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Exercise is a wonderful, healthy way to relieve stress. While it may actually be  migraine trigger for some, for others it is a great way to keep our stress levels low and keep those migraines at bay.

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Do migraines limit your ability to exercise?

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Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, taking the time to meditate can help you unwind and provide some much needed stress relief.

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Do you practice meditation for stress relief

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The unconditional love that our pets provide can do wonders for the soul. Even the simple act of petting your dog, cat, guinea pig, or other critter can greatly improve stress levels.

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Does spending time with your pet(s) help relieve stress?

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Taking the time for yourself to enjoy a nice warm bath is an excellent way to relieve stress!

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Does taking a bath provide stress relief?

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Gardening, whether you are outside in the summer or tending to your indoor plants in the colder months, can do wonders for relieving stress!

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Do you garden for stress relief?

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Expressing yourself through art is a wonderful way to unwind!

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Do creative/artistic projects help with stress relief?

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A quiet evening by candle light (most likely the unscented type of candle!), can make the troubles of the day disappear, even if it's just for a little while.

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Do candles help with stress relief?

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Having a glass of wine at the end of a long day can be an enjoyable way to calm our nerves. Of course, if alcohol is a trigger for you, it's not a great option for stress relief.

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Is alcohol a trigger for you?

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Practicing religion provides a sense of calm for many of us, regardless of our faith.

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Is alcohol a trigger for you?

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A great way to unwind after a long day is to relax on the couch with a good TV show!

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Does TV help you de-stress?

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Even taking just a short walk can improve stress levels!

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Have you tried a short walk for stress relief?

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Spending time with family and loved ones can be good for the soul, and provide much needed stress relief.

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Does spending time with family help relieve stress?

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