Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits can have a huge impact on migraine intensity, frequency, and duration. Sometimes just little changes in daily habits can make significant improvements in your quality of life. If you have chronic migraines or other types of headaches consider this list below to help improve management of your symptoms.
1) Stay Hydrated
Drink fluids throughout the day to maintain optimal levels of hydration. Dehydration is known trigger for many types of headaches and migraines. This is especially usually for those who suffer from weather-related and hormonal migraines/headaches.
2) Stay Active!
Whether you go for a walk, go to the gym, or just play with your kids. Regular physical activity and exercise helps with migraine management by decreasing stress, improving pain response, and improving blood flow. Be care with exercise if it is not already a regular part of your life. Too much can trigger migraines, so start slow. It may take a few tries to find the perfect intensity for you.
3) Get Some Sleep!
Maintain a regular & consistent sleep schedule. Sleep is important to maintaining optimal function of the body. The average person needs 6-8 hours per night. Sleep helps our body heal, relieves stress, and prevent fatigue that can cause migraines.
4) Eat A Balanced Diet.
Eat on a regular schedule, and avoid missing meals. A well balanced diet helps to maintain healthy body. If you suspect foods to trigger migraines be sure to keep a food log to help identify foods that trigger attacks.
5) Learn Stress Management
High levels of stress can trigger frequent headaches or migraines. Reducing stress can help to decrease frequency of migraines/headaches. Sometimes stressors are out of our control. This makes it important to learn skills and strategies to manage stress as needed. Look for activities you enjoy or relax you. Or try learning meditation or mindfulness practices to reduce stress. Finding little things that can "take the edge off" can go a long way to managing migraines.
6) Monitor Yourself for Triggers
Using a headache journal can help to pinpoint triggers that cause migraine attacks. Finding triggers and learning how to avoid them can significantly reduce migraine frequency. You can use paper & pen, apps, or document on in a Word document.