tips on avoiding migraines

Do you suffer from migraines? I do.I will admit that I do a lot of things that contribute to creating migraines.

  • Stress (either during a stressful time or right after stress subsides).
  • Menstrual cycle in women.
  • Too much or too little sleep.
  • Fasting or skipping meals.
  • Changes in barometric pressure and weather.
  • Bright light or reflected sunlight.
  • Foods such as chocolate.
  • Excessive caffeine or caffeine withdrawal.
  • Smoking or being around someone who smokes.

Learning to cope with the triggers:

  • Watch what you eat and drink. If you get a headache, write down any food or drink you had before getting it. If you see a pattern over time, eliminate that item!
  • Eat regularly. Skipping meals can trigger migraines in some people.
  • Curb the caffeine. Excess caffeine (in any food or drink) can cause migraines. But be careful: Cutting back abruptly also causes migraines.
  • Be careful with exercise. Although doctors advise getting regular exercise to stay healthy, exercise can trigger headaches. You may need to take an anti-inflammatory drug to prevent exercise migraines.
  • Get regular sleep. Changes in your normal sleep habits can cause migraines. Being overly tired can also trigger migraines.
  • Learn to cope with stress. Emotional upsets and stressful events are common migraine triggers. Anxiety, worry, fatigue, and excitement can intensify a migraine’s severity. Learn to cope with stress better – through counseling, biofeedback, relaxation training, and possibly taking an antidepressant.

From WebMD, here are some commong migraine triggers:

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