There are no known cures for migraines, but there are certainly some simple things you can do to help alleviate the effects of migraine and to reduce how often and how badly you get them. Although all migraine sufferers are different, and many sufferers will need medical treatment to help them cope with their migraines, there should be at least one thing on this list that will help a little.
Skipping meals is a big problem for migraine sufferers. Missing a meal can lead to a drop in blood sugar levels, and an awful migraine attack. Making sure to eat regularly helps to keep blood sugar levels steady – some migraineurs find that they need to eat every two hours. How often you need to eat will be personal to you.
Get Regular Exercise
A pattern of regular and moderately strenuous exercise can be really helpful in reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. It doesn’t need to be anything too extreme – in fact high intensity exercise like running or racquet sports can be a trigger for some sufferers; but yoga and walking are both forms of exercise which have been recommended as being beneficial. In terms of amount, around 30 minutes, thrice-weekly is enough to make a difference. However, the most important thing is that it is a form of exercise which you enjoy.
Eliminate Strong Odours
Strong smells can be a migraine trigger for many people. This can make the workplace a nightmare for some – what with all of the highly scented cleaning products used, colleagues wearing cologne, and air fresheners being used in communal spaces. While you can’t guard against all smells at work or in the outside world (car fumes!), at home at least you can make sure to use natural cleaning products that are scent-free, and to keep away from the likes of room sprays and scented candles!
Keep A Routine
Going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day is key for many sufferers in guarding against migraine attacks, as is eating at the same times each day. In fact, the more of a routine you can have in what you do, the better. This is why some migraine sufferers find that they can’t work shift work; as the unpredictable hours play havoc with their routines and triggers attacks on a more regular and painful basis.