Dealing with migraines? Adopt these 6 lifestyle changes to manage your pain

Do you often suffer from migraines? Well, your diet, sleep cycle, and unhealthy lifestyle practices can trigger this issue. Here are some migraine management tips that can help.
You can do these things for quick relief from migraines. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 15:02 pm IST
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Migraines can be extremely debilitating, and wreak havoc on your life. It’s hard to predict the cause behind it. There’s a large population that’s suffering from migraine issues, and the triggers are many. For the uninitiated, migraines typically involve moderate or severe pain, usually on one side of the head. In fact, sometimes it is accompanied by sickness and intolerance to sound and light or both. 

If you’re looking for easy ways to manage your migraine, certain lifestyle hacks can ease the pain or stop headaches, before they even start. Your lifestyle has a lot to do with your health. 

Here are six things you can do to prevent or at least reduce the frequency of migraines:

1. Focus on establishing a healthy sleep routine

Do you sleep properly? A healthy sleeping routine must include a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep to restore the brain. Sleep helps to keep your immune system strong, ward off anxiety and depression, and promote deep relaxation. And when you’re sleep-deprived, you’ll not only attract migraines but various other health issues.

Also read: Yoga and meditation can relieve migraine pain, says study

2. Eat regular meals

Do you usually skip your meals? If yes, you shouldn’t do that, even if you’re on a weight-loss diet! Skipping meals and fasting are both common migraine triggers. We do know that long periods of fasting can cause a headache. It is because your body is deprived of essential nutrients that are needed for optimal function. 

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3. Meditate to keep stress away

Always stressed? Make sure to do something to prevent it, as it can be a major reason behind your regular migraines. To manage stress, try yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises, because they can relieve your stress and help you avoid a migraine. Also, try not to get involved in stressful activities, including work.

4. Say no to alcohol and smoking

For some people, alcohol is a major trigger for migraines. After all, they can cause hangovers. And not just alcohol, but smoking as well. Excessive alcohol intake and smoking can affect your body from the inside, making it weak. Therefore, it can also increase headaches and other symptoms. 

5. Limit spending too much time on gadgets

Long hours looking at television, computers, tablets, cell phones and video games each lead to exhaustion, lack of circulation in the body, and eye strain. This can result in headaches. Therefore, limit the time of exposure to these gadgets.

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6. Regulate caffeine intake

If you’re experiencing migraines on a daily basis, limit the consumption of caffeine to one cup a day. Although it helps many people to soothe headaches, if your intake is high, you may need to cut back a little bit at a time.

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You must try these lifestyle changes to manage your migraine. 

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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