Managing Migraines

I have suffered with migraines since about the age of 15. Normally as a result of a lot of stress and more often than not starting at work or whilst I’m out and about, which is obviously something which I can’t control, I have had to come up with some solutions to beat the symptoms before they take over. These are solutions which have helped me and it has taken me a fair few years to figure them out. They may not suit you, but you never know until you try.

Always carry painkillers

If you are like me and get a halo or another warning sign that a migraine is about to rear its ugly head (no pun intended!), then pop some paracetamol and ibuprofen before the sucker gets a grip. I have a strip of both in my handbag, desk drawer, even in the car. Down with a bottle of water, to ensure you stay hydrated. This should either nip it in the bud or at least give you enough time to make your excuses and get back to the safety of the darkened bedroom.

Herbal teas

Another handy remedy I have found is herbal tea. I know they don’t taste great, but you do actually get used to them and you can always have some sweetener or honey if you still can’t stand the flavour. If I am under a lot of stress and I am trying to prevent a migraine, then herbal teas such as camomile and peppermint can really soothe me. I haven’t actually found a flavour which doesn’t work for me, so have a try of a few until you find one that you can tolerate or even enjoy. Also, by drinking these instead of regular tea or coffee, you will reduce your caffeine intake which can trigger the dreaded migraines.

Menthol baths

OK so this is obviously something you can’t do in the middle of the office! But again if you are under a lot of stress, or you know there are other triggers about at the moment, fill the tub and add some menthol baby bath. There are various brands which make it, so nip down to your local supermarket and check it out. I know menthol is usually meant for the blocked noses experienced during a common cold, but this trick was passed onto me and I have tried it and it actually works! You have to put quite a lot into the water but the menthol is actually soothing and certainly helps all those tense muscles in my scalp and neck relax.

Yoga

Yes, you read right, Yoga. Even though I am a dedicated exercise-phobe, I do have to admit to enjoying a yoga session a couple of times a week. By spending an hour a day, concentrating on you and stretching all those tense muscles, it can really help soothe a sore head. I have often felt quite painful when starting a session, and come out feeling a new woman!

So there you have it, just a few ways I tackle my migraines. I hope you find something that helps you out in your hour of need.

If you have any other little tricks and tips, I would love to hear about them! Put them in the comments below and let me know what you do.

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