While migraines can sometimes respond favorably to certain medications and remedies, every migraine sufferer should also consider a comprehensive prevention strategy that can keep migraines from occurring in the first place. Rather than waiting for the pain to set in before doing something about it, you can take control of your life and decrease the frequency and severity of your migraines by making some key lifestyle changes. By paying careful attention to how your body responds to these 3 strategies, you should be able to figure out what works to keep your migraines at bay:
1) Keep a food journal
The specific cause of your migraines can be very difficult to pinpoint. In fact, your migraines may be triggered by a variety of different factors. In a lot of cases one of these triggers is likely to be food. The easiest and quickest way to figure out if something you eat may be triggering attacks is to keep a food journal. For a few weeks, try keeping track of everything you eat and when you eat it, while at the same time keeping track of when your migraines occur, how long they last, and how painful they are.
Keeping a food journal will make it easy to notice a pattern and to experiment with cutting out foods which you think may be triggering your migraines.
2) Try to get more exercise
Migraine sufferers often avoid strenuous exercise because it can actually be a major trigger for an attack. However, this doesn’t mean that you should avoid exercise altogether. Forgoing physical activity can actually make your migraines worse. Instead, you should consider doing some lower-impact and less strenuous activities such as walking or jogging. Getting regular exercise can help you lower the frequency, severity, and duration of your migraines. It can also contribute to lowering your stress levels, which is another major trigger for migraine attacks.
3) Adjust your sleeping schedule
Finally, your migraines may be caused by a variety of different sleep issues. Behaviors such as not getting enough sleep, getting too much sleep, or having an erratic sleeping schedule can all trigger migraine attacks. Try setting a consistent sleep schedule and seeing how it impacts your migraines over time. Adjusting your sleep may not eliminate them entirely, as migraines can have more than one trigger, but it can certainly make the condition much less painful and much more manageable.