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Natural ways to cope with a migraine

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Migraines are a fairly common problem, as around 1 in 5 people will be affected by recurring migraines throughout their lifetime.

Migraines are often severe headaches that produce sharp or throbbing pains in the front or sides of the head. On top of that, they can cause feelings of sickness, blurred vision and even affect sensitivity to bright lights, loud noises and strong smells.

When you start to get a migraine, you’ll generally experience warning signs like seeing flashing lights before getting an intense headache. In some cases, however, these signs can be prolonged without leading to an actual headache, or you may feel it suddenly with no prior warning signs at all.

Many of us may experience a migraine at some point in our lifetimes, but for some, they can be a regular problem occurring frequently and lasting into old age. As they often occur naturally, however, they can usually be treated using natural methods at home, without having to rely on medications.

Here we take a look at some of the ways you and your loved ones can use home remedies to soothe the effects of migraines and how general lifestyle and wellbeing can help to prevent them in the first place.

What to do if you suffer a bad migraine?

As migraines can bring on hyper-sensitivity, being around bright lights and loud noises can make an already intense headache feel a lot worse. Sensitivity to light is also likely to include the light from screens like TVs, computers, tablets and phones.

Try taking some time away from these devices and relax in a quiet, darkened room. Using an eye mask may also help to block out any additional light, which will allow you to relax easier and let the headache melt away.

Massaging your head can also provide a quick solution for reliving the pain. Whether you do it yourself or if you’re able to rely on the support of a friend, family member or carer, a head and neck massage not only feels relaxing but also helps to increase blood flow.

Different temperatures often have an effect on your wellbeing, so try to maintain and regulate your body’s temperature. If you’re feeling particularly warm or cold whilst experiencing a migraine, try using ice packs or heat pads to cool you down or warm you up.

Stay healthy to prevent possible migraines

By following some general health and wellbeing advice, you can help to keep potential migraines at bay. This is particularly useful if you frequently suffer from migraines on a recurring basis. Eating and exercising regularly can help, as this can prevent your blood sugar levels from fluctuating – a symptom often linked to migraines.

Certain foods found to have an effect on migraines include the likes of chocolate, processed meats and highly caffeinated drinks. If you experience migraines a bit too frequently, try to cut down on these particular foods and drinks for a short time to see if things improve. Don’t forget to make sure you get plenty of fluids into your system so that you stay hydrated as much as possible throughout the day.

All in all, it’s important to remember to take it easy and enjoy things in moderation. The more you can cut down on unhealthy foods, however, the better your chances of staving off potential migraines in the future.