Finding long-term relief for migraine and tension headaches is vitally important for those suffering from these excruciating neurological disorders. However, it's also possible to avoid the most common headache and migraine triggers. Though the medical cause of a migraine or tension headache remains unknown, certain factors can generate an individual flare-up and/or increase its severity, such as various foods and stress (1).We'll discuss the latter specifically below.
Tips for Stress Management
WebMD (2) and the Mayo Clinic (3) both suggest a number of stress relief techniques. Here are several of the key ideas:
- Yes, not No. WebMD recommends positive self-talk. It's easy to get into a frame of mind that builds excessive stress. Start to listen to the way that you describe your life on a moment-by-moment basis. Stop negativity in its tracks.
- Have a Plan. Timing is crucial to stress relief, according to the Mayo Clinic. That's why creating a general playbook for your day is wise. If you have a sense of what should happen when, you won't have to needlessly rush from place to place.
- Work it Out. WebMD notes that the body can better achieve stress relief when it is in strong physical condition. Regular exercise, such as running or biking, boosts your endorphin levels as well, which increases your pain threshold (4).
- Make it a Priority. The Mayo Clinic piece remarks that having a list of items you need to complete is not enough. Everything needs to be prioritized as well so that you complete everything that's key, rather than focusing on non-essential tasks.
- Nutrition & Avoidance. Per WebMD, what you consume will have a major impact on stress. Eat healthy meals full of fresh produce and whole grains. Don't overuse alcohol or coffee (both are migraine triggers themselves), and don't smoke.
- Allow Focus. Frequently, the Mayo Clinic reminds us, we don't do everything we can to allow a natural sense of focus. Remove every distraction you can (such as turning off cell phones and closing social media windows), and striving toward goals will come more easily.
- Sleep on It. Sleep enables you to process stressful events so that they do not become insurmountable problems in your mind, says WebMD. Consider carving out time for a nap in your day as well.
It's great to know there are simple ways to reduce stress, which in turn can reduce the likelihood of tension headaches and migraines. However, effective long-term solutions are what we really want for these disorders. To transition away from pills into a solution as simple as a nasal spray, consider MiRx Protocol™ today.
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