Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Chronic Migraines

Migraines are extremely uncomfortable, and those who endure them chronically will often do anything they can to hopefully avoid experiencing another. While doctors don’t know for certain why we get migraines, especially because the triggers are so different from person to person, certain lifestyle changes actually cut down the frequency of chronic migraines, possibly prevent them altogether.

AccuHealth Urgent Care in St. Louis offers our patients a number of services, one of which is immediate treatment for migraines. You can stop in any time you’re experiencing one that just won’t go away. In the meantime, try some of these changes to help prevent them from happening again. 

Dietary changes

There are plenty of changes you can make to your diet to minimize your chances of experiencing a migraine. For one, you probably already know whether you have any food triggers for immediate migraines, such as hot sauce or aged cheese. Cut these foods out immediately.

Next, certain foods and food elements can make you more likely to experience a migraine, even if they don’t bring one on right away. These may include caffeine, which can especially cause migraines during its withdrawal period, processed meats, and alcohol. You ought to cut down on these, too, if you’re really looking to make a change. 

Finally, you’re going to want to avoid fasting and skipping meals. This is an easy way to cause a migraine and to make yourself feel worse in general. If you’re considering a diet plan that includes fasting, it’s better to try another option or talk to your doctor about healthier choices for your particular situation.

Sleep changes

Think about how long you sleep. Is it less than seven hours? More than nine? Too little sleep can easily bring on a migraine, but so can sleeping too much. In addition, not getting the same amount of sleep every night is a serious culprit behind migraines. If you’re constantly switching up your bedtime, you could be triggering these powerful headaches more than you know.

Set an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed at the same time every night. When you’re ready for bed, try having a small snack of milk and graham crackers or something else that will remind you it’s time for sleep. And try to get up around the same time every day, even if it’s on the weekend.

Emotional changes

Stress is like catnip to migraines: If you’re stressed out often, it’s going to trigger a migraine. And if you become so stressed out that you become totally relieved whenever you’ve got a moment of calm, you’re likely to get another migraine just because of the change in your body’s chemistry. 

Learning to cope with stress is the best thing you can do to prevent chronic migraines. Everyone is different, however, so they have different ways of dealing with stress. Some of the best options can include taking a bath, doing yoga, meditating, exercising, and writing in a journal. 

If you find that your stress has become so overwhelming that it’s difficult for you to manage it, try speaking to a therapist about other ways you can work on the problem.

Migraines don’t have to run your life

We understand how difficult migraines can be in your day-to-day life, especially if you’re always afraid that one will pop up. If you want more advice on how to avoid migraines, come to our Saint Louis office any day of the week between 8am and 8pm. You can call 314-391-4486 or book an appointment online

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