As the seasons change and routines fluctuate, it is a good time to talk about the importance of wellness and self-care. Managing migraine can be hard, but making healthy changes to your lifestyle can make each day a little easier.
Maintaining a healthy diet and understanding your specific food triggers—foods or ingredients that contribute to migraine symptoms—can help you better manage your migraine. Because these food triggers vary widely from person to person, consider keeping a food diary to track your meals and help identify your triggers.
Another wellness tip is to keep a consistent sleep schedule. Your body needs sleep, and prioritizing a good night’s rest provides the foundation for healthier living. It may even result in fewer migraine attacks. Our Facebook support group gave some secrets to maintaining healthy sleep habits, which included keeping a consistent bedtime, regulating your bedtime routine and checking for sleep apnea.
If you’re looking for ways to manage migraine before bedtime or throughout the day, people with migraine reported that certain activities helped with managing headaches. These include meditation, guided imagery, yoga, exercising for 30 minutes three times a week or just by focusing on one task at a time.
Also, most importantly, always remember that you don’t need to manage your pain alone. Managing this disease is not easy. Finding your support system—whether it be your friends, family, an in-person support group or an online community like Move Against Migraine—can make a world of difference.
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The AMF Team