Around 54% of migraine suffers experience at least one a month, with 13% experiencing one on a weekly basis. Nothing is worse for a migraine sufferer than a period of intense stress. That’s because, for many sufferers, what follows that stress is an intense migraine.
While the connection between stress and migraines is well-documented, it is often misunderstood. Back in 2014, a study showed that it isn’t the stress itself that causes the migraines, but rather cortisol, a chemical that is meant to ease the harsh effects of stress on the body.
Unfortunately for those who suffer from frequent migraines, that flux in cortisol is at the root of their migraine problem.
That is why it is important to stay healthy and to incorporate natural remedies for stress into your daily life.
In this guide, we lay out several steps you can take to ease the effect of stress and your post-stress migraine.
Healthy Diet Practices
While this piece of advice might seem cliche, there can be no understating the important role diet plays in your stress. While everyone should know the negative effects of overeating, it is key to note that under-eating is equally bad for stress. If you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, consider better utilizing exercise instead of extremely restrictive diets.
And speaking of exercise, did you know that it is one of the best ways to help reduce and manage stress? If you are having a hard couple of days, you should take the time to work out some of those feelings. Besides, who can say no to that boost in endorphins?
We all know the importance of recovery time. But when you are experiencing stress to the degree that you are afraid you might have a migraine the next day, clear an extra hour each night to relax. Whether that is through yoga, meditation, a nice bath, or even turning in early, the method doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that you take the time to recover.
Stress-induced migraines are the bane of many, especially in today’s fast paced world. Taking conscious steps with your diet, exercise, and rest, you can help your body stay healthy.