Migraine is a medical condition that usually causes intense headaches, marked by throbbing pain on one or sometimes, on both sides of the head. It can also cause nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to bright light, and a high decibel sound. What’s worse is that the symptoms of migraine can happen at any time of the day, lasting anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours. It could prove to be a hindrance in our day-to-day life.
Stress is one the most common migraine causes, and is present as a trigger in several individuals who complain of headaches. As per a research published by the National Library of Medicine, high levels of stress are reported in migraine patients, particularly in those suffering from chronic daily migraine.
The factors for stress that lead to migraine could be endogenous (e.g. hormones), exogenous (e.g. physical stressors such as bright light) or even psychological stressors (e.g. nearing a submission deadline at work). Additionally, stressors could also be of physiological origin such as the menstrual cycle in women. Essentially, when the frequency or severity of these stress-inducing factors escalate, the protective adaptive responses (allostatic responses) that maintain a stable state for the brain become overused and dysregulated. Hence, this ‘overuse’ of the brain may alter brain networks both functionally and structurally, causing migraine attacks.
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, you could incorporate effective stress management practices to avoid the risk of suffering from excruciating symptoms, induced by migraines.
Therefore, stress management will help you fight migraine, improve overall health, and mental functionality.