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Your lifestyle has a lot to do with preventing the frequency and intensity of migraines and headaches, whether it’s cluster or tension headaches, or a migraine.1
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP PREVENT OR REDUCE THE FREQUENCY OF MIGRAINES AND/OR HEADACHES:Back to top
Alcohol, chocolate, aged cheeses, and other foods can trigger a tension headache or migraine. But if you know certain foods are a problem for you, limit how often you eat them.
Basing your diet primarily on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats (and limiting foods that trigger an attack) is a good way to prevent migraines and/or headaches. Also, don’t skip meals. Skipping meals makes you hungry, which can trigger a migraine.
Sleep helps keep your immune system strong, wards off depression and anxiety, and promote deep relaxation. Poor sleeping habits, a lack of sleep, or too much sleep can actually trigger a migraine or tension headache.
Besides dietary and lifestyle changes mentioned herein, it is also recommended that you keep well hydrated, as well as consider taking a magnesium supplement daily, increasing intake prior to your menstrual cycle.
Poor posture (e.g., hunching over a computer all day) can strain your head, neck, and shoulder muscles, leading to a migraine or headache. Check yourself throughout the day and correct your posture.
• Are your shoulders hunched?
• Is your spine straight?
By making some adjustments to your posture, it may help reduce the frequency of migraines and tension headaches.
Smoking not only damages your lungs, but it can also increase your headaches and other symptoms.
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When you have migraines and/or headaches, intense exercise, such as running, can aggravate head pain and other symptoms. 3
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1. Practical Pain Management. 7 Lifestyle Tips to Help Prevent Migraines and Headaches. [cited 12 June 2018]. Available from: https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/patient/conditions/headache.
2. Can you prevent Menstrual Migraines? – Holistic Health and Wellness. [cited 16 July 2018]. Available from: https://holistic-healthandwellness.com.
3. Practical Pain Management. Exercise Tips for Migraines and Headaches. 7 Lifestyle Tips to Help Prevent Migraines and Headaches. [cited 21 June 2018]. Available from: https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/patient/conditions/headache
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