Do you often suffer from migraines? Stress could be a major reason for them. In this Stress Awareness Month, here are seven expert tips to help prevent stress-related migraines
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Fast paced lifestyles and increased screen time in this digital age means more and more people suffer from migraines.
Migraine is a common condition that people experience severely headache with throbbing pains in front and sides of head.
People also experience sensitivity to light and sound during a migraine Attack and sometimes also suffer from nausea and vomiting.
These headaches can be moderate or severe in nature and are caused by a variety of things Triggers including stresswith the worst flare-ups completely debilitating those affected.
However, there are a few things people can do to prevent or at least alleviate stress migraines. Here are seven tips from Parvinder Sagoo, Lead Pharmacist and Healthcare Advisor for SimplyMedsOnline.
Rest in a dark room
If you suffer from migraines, you may be particularly sensitive to light and sound. So try to rest in a dimly lit or even pitch-dark room.
Close your eyes and try to relieve muscle tension by relaxing your back, neck, and shoulders. It’s best to move as little as possible during an attack to avoid stressing yourself out even more.
Try to stay calm and rest for a few hours or at least until the migraine subsides a bit. If you fall asleep, that’s fine, as that might help as well.
Treat with hot or cold compresses
Both cold and heat can help relieve pain and muscle tension associated with migraines.
Try taking a hot shower and massaging the shower head close to the affected areas of your head and neck to relieve symptoms. A hot-water bottle, a warm towel or a compress are also useful.
If cold is helping your symptoms, wrap an ice pack or cold towel and place it on the painful areas, such as your forehead, temples, or neck.
Acupressure techniques are a type of targeted massage known to relieve pain from stress migraines fairly quickly.
Place your thumbs near the base of your skull, in the indentations on either side where your head meets your neck. Press inward and slightly upward with your thumbs until you feel a gentle pressure.
As you press, move your thumbs in small circles for about 2 to 3 minutes. This should help relieve your headache.
Get your caffeine fix
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Caffeine can both help with your stress migraines — by helping pain relievers work better and faster — but it can also trigger them. So, using caffeine to relieve your migraine symptoms depends on how you respond to it.
If you find that caffeine makes your migraines worse instead of reducing them, you’d better stay away from the stimulant.
Try a massage
Massages help loosen your muscles and are particularly good for stress or tension migraines.
Have someone gently massage your head, neck and shoulders and gently rub the painful area on your head with their fingertips in a circular motion for a few seconds.
Neck exercises are useful for relieving stress migraines caused by keeping your head in one position for too long.
To perform these neck exercises, place your palm on your forehead and lightly press your forehead against your palm with your neck muscles.
Be sure to keep your head up and your hand and arm still for resistance, this should help relieve some tension around your temples and front of your head.
Buy over-the-counter medicines
If migraines are making your daily life difficult, it’s best to try over-the-counter medication to fix the problem. Migraine medications are safe and effective in treating both the cause and the symptoms of migraines.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/tips-prevent-stress-triggered-migraines-26654829 Stress-Related Migraine Prevention Tips for Stress Awareness Month