Headache Free in 2019: 5 New Year's Resolutions for Migraineurs
Turning Over a New Leaf
The beginning of a new year, famously, represents an opportunity to make changes in your life. And it’s the subject of workplace conversation and dinner at home: is this the year you really lose that weight, or resolve to spend less time on your phone? For migraineurs, good resolutions might be those that make their condition more manageable and boost quality-of-life. No doubt, the benefits of such changes ripple out, offering a chance to be happier at home and more effective at work in 2019.
But what sorts of resolutions help with migraine? Here are 5 must-see ideas:
1. Start a Headache Journal
One of the most effective means of preventing attacks from coming on is keeping track of when they strike and what’s causing them. Most doctors will tell you that keeping a headache journal is an effective means of do so. By tracking what you’re eating, weather conditions, and other factors—as well as headaches and other symptoms—you’ll have a deeper understanding of the condition and will be better able to avoid it. Since it’s 2019, this can be done using smartphone apps like iMigraine or iHeadache (among others), making it easier than ever to report essential information.
2. Normalize Your Sleep Schedule
It’s well-established that disrupted sleeping patterns can bring on migraine attacks, so another good resolution is to figure out means to normalize your schedule. This means a couple things:
- Stick to set hours of going to bed and getting up, even on days off or weekends.
- Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours a night.
- Don’t do work in bed as this might lead to insomnia.
- Get out of the habit of using screens or smart devices while in bed.
- Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol before bed.
A normalized schedule will keep you feeling good, while holding those headaches at bay.
3. Ensure Proper Hydration
Sometimes the most effective New Year’s resolutions are simple ones. Making sure you’re getting enough water a day—for adults 64 oz. (about eight glasses of water) total is the usually recommended amount—is an excellent way to prevent headache from coming on. Maybe this should be the year you get a nice water bottle to keep around so that you don’t always need to buy water bottles. During meal times, supplement other drinks you’re having with glasses of water.
4. Minimize or Quit Drinking Alcohol
This is a common refrain among all New Year’s resolutions, but it has particular resonance here. It’s well-established that certain kinds of alcohol—notably that which has sulfites like red wine—are in themselves triggers, so cutting out that consumption can be key. Not only that, though, alcohol consumption also quickly leads to dehydration, which can also bring on attacks. It’s a good idea to stop drinking completely, or, in the least, minimize how much you’re consuming.
5. Seek Out Help
As with all medical issues, you rarely if ever can “beat” migraine on your own. Let this new year be the one that you try and take control of the situation. While, of course, this may mean seeking out a doctor or medical professional to discuss management and treatment, this also means being clearer and more communicative with friends, family, and even coworkers. You’ll find that they’re ready and willing to help. Rather like the old saying, it really does “take a village” to take on this health issue.
Confidently Stepping Forward
It’s not easy to stick to New Year’s resolutions, but it certainly is worth it. The opportunity for a fresh start should be relished, and there’s little like another January to leave bad habits behind. Migraineurs at this time of year have an opportunity to make management of their condition a priority, so here’s to brighter, headache-free days ahead!
If you suffer from chronic migraine, the team at Migraine Treatment Centers of America is ready to help. Employing the groundbreaking Omega Procedure these experts have helped countless patients achieve successful management of this debilitating condition. Learn more about what they do by calling (855) 300-6822 any time!