Migraines strike any day and time. Often, chronic migraine sufferers (those with more than eight migraines a month) tend to know what could bring a migraine on.
For many others, however, there is no rhyme or reason – so they thought. Through various studies, it is shown that some lifestyle habits or lack of nutrients could cause migraines.
With that said, below are five healthy habits to practice as a means to prevent migraine from occurring.
1. Get Adequate Sleep
Inadequate and poor sleeping habits are the primary reasons your migraines may trigger in the first place.
Having a regular sleeping schedule such as a set bedtime and waking time may be the most beneficial for you to ensure your body’s natural rhythm isn’t thrown off daily.
You should also ensure that when it’s time for bed, you realize this is the time to relax.
2. Apply Hot or Cold Compresses
It’s a way to relax your muscles. Another way is to apply heat to also relax the muscles. It’s different for everyone, so experiment to find the method that works best for you.
Whenever you feel a slight headache coming on or find yourself in a tense moment, apply that compress to prevent the migraine from happening.
3. Keep Essential Oils at Your Fingertips
You literally want to keep essential oils at your fingertips. Massaging your temples with particular oils can help ease your pains. The best to keep include lavender, peppermint, and basil oil.
- Lavender oil has a soothing property. You can mix this with boiling water and inhale the vapors.
- Peppermint oil has constricting and dilating properties. This helps control your blood flow. Rub this directly on your temples.
- Basil oil is a muscle relaxant and can be used by inhaling the vapors or rubbing on your temples.
4. Perform the Right Exercises
Regular exercise is the key to maintaining your health. Unfortunately, some exercises could cause migraines.
The easiest way to explain this reason is when you exercise, of course, your vessels open, causing oxygen to flow through your body easily.
This causes all your vessels to open, even the ones in your head. The nerve endings are stretched, and pain signals are shot throughout your head. This is how exercises can cause migraines.
However, certain exercises such as light aerobics or yoga still increase the flow of oxygen through your body and releases endorphins that make you feel great.
5. Get Your Nutrients
As there are some migraine causing foods to avoid such as chocolate, nuts, apples, and citrus fruits, consuming the right foods and nutrients can also prevent migraines.
Having omega-3 fatty acids, the B vitamin- Riboflavin, and magnesium prevents migraines. You can find these foods in the following:
- Omega-3 fatty acids – peanut butter, salmon, tuna, and flax seeds
- Riboflavin – cheese, beef, lamb, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, enriched flour, broccoli, and collards
- Magnesium – kale, cashews, halibut, soybeans, avocado, and bananas
The above five methods are excellent to prevent or help treat a migraine attack. What other methods do you use to control your migraines?
Speaking of essential oils to soothe your migraine, here’s a video about the Eucalyptus oil which is known to relieve aches and pain: