Ways To Help Relieve a Migraine

Did you know that around 10 million people in the U.K are affected by migraines? I didn’t know the exact figure but knew it must be relatively high as my husband and best friend suffer with them. Sometimes they can go months without one and then sometimes they can have them frequently and have many attacks close together.

Migraines can be triggered by a number of factors from the changing weather, lack of sleep with stress and uncertainty being big contributors. For many sufferers, the pandemic worsened or triggered new migraine symptoms. Some even said that the drastic lifestyle change, including remote working and being less active have made their live more stressful and could have been major contributing factors. Add to that excessive screen time and you have the recipe for a migraine.

It doesn’t help that most of our days are now in a screen time cycle - working at a computer all day, then staring at a television screen or scrolling through a smartphone all evening. In 2020, the average person spent a shocking 13 hours per day on digital devices. I am guilty of this as my business is solely online. I then spend a lot of my evenings watching TV, playing on a games console, or seeing what my family and friends have been up to on social media. I can also sometimes be working late at night if I have a deadline to meet meaning very little break from my screen.

That being said, it’s not all bad with remote working either as it also offers flexibility which means that some migraine sufferers have been able to keep their attacks and symptoms at bay by taking regular breaks, keeping hydrated, and stepping back from their fast paced lifestyles.

The Migraine Trust identified that:

  • Workers in the UK lose a total of 25 million days per year due to debilitating migraines
  • Over 3/4 of people who experience migraines have at least one attack each month
  • Between 85 - 90% of people with migraines experience sensitivity to light, particularly the blue light commonly emitted from phones and computer screens.

These figures indicate that it’s vital for migraine sufferers to adapt their lifestyles to preserve their wellbeing and ease their symptoms. This is particularly true for people who lead busy lifestyles.

Ways to stop a migraine from occurring

Reduce your stress load - if possible and take regular breaks from your screens. Having a walk outside or opening a window will help keep the room airy and will keep your head clear.

Foods can be a trigger - so keep a diary of when an attack occurs. What were you doing, what had you eaten or drunk recently – caffeine, chocolate and cheese can be big triggers for some people.

Hydration – keep yourself hydrated. If you’re not taking on enough fluids, you will get headaches frequently.

Sleep well - get a good night’s sleep. Not everyone needs 8 hours every night but if you are only getting a couple of hours

Ways to treat a migraine

Hydrate – As mentioned above hydration is important. If you’ve not had a drink recently have a glass of water and see if that helps reduce your symptoms.

Compress – try both cold and warm compresses to help with the pain from your migraine.

Pain relief – you may want to take pain killers to combat your migraine but if like me you don’t like to take tablets too often you might want to try a different type of pain relief like Paingone. A device that is used to stimulate the Trigeminal nerve and eradicate a migraine without the use of medication.

Peace and quiet – It can be hard to get I know but sometimes the best thing to help combat a migraine is a quiet, dark room. Turn off the tv, radio or computer and have a lie down if possible until the feeling passes.

*This is a collaborative post*

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