Anyone that has ever had a migraine knows how painful it can be. You just want to lock yourself into a dark room, put an ice pack on your head, and hope it goes away! However, for many people, shutting down their entire day to treat the migraine is not an option. This of course enhances the pain and by the time they get home, they are completely miserable and it feels as though their head is about to explode. The best action for regular migraine sufferers is to learn preventative measures to help them avoid migraines altogether.
Learn Your Triggers – just about everyone has a trigger that causes their migraine to start. Stress is a major contributor, but so are things like excessively bright lights, dehydration, lack of sleep, excessively strong odors, and food allergies. You will need to think back to your most recent migraines and narrow down the pool of commonalities.
Recognize the Early Signs – if you have had enough migraines, you can generally tell when one is coming on. This is your cue to shut it down and stop it before it gets to painful. Common warning signs are:
• Snowy vision or flashing lights
• Overly sensitive to light and sounds
• Sudden loss of balance
• Emotional changes
Make Lifestyle Changes – once you know your triggers and the early warning signs, you will need to adjust your lifestyle to help prevent migraine headaches from occurring. Try to keep your sleep schedule regulated so you do not get sleep deprived. Wear sunglasses when you are outside and avoid directly looking into bright lights. Get a screen guard for your computer that will tint the screen if you work on a computer all day, every day. Put a humidifier in the room during dryer weather. Learn how to relax. Enroll in yoga classes or learn relaxation techniques that you can put into use when you recognize the early warning signs.