My top 5 Self-care tips to avoid Migraines

Migraines are a right pain in the.. head. There are many causes for migraines but it seems like stress is almost always involved. Either long-term stress which is hardly perceptible anymore or a short term blip. There are other factors of course but most of the suggestions I've given for avoiding them help with the stress of things as well as tending to the needs of your body. It's easy when you're busy to forget to eat or even drink. It's important to keep those simple things in check if you want to avoid migraines. You might find some of these help to relieve a migraine once you have one too. 

  1. Have a bath. Relaxation is key for people who suffer with migraines as they're usually spurred on by stress. Try using 5 drops of Lavender essential oil in your bath with a cup full of Epsom salts. The Magnesium in Epsom salts helps to alleviate tension in muscles as does Lavender. You might find this useful while suffering with a Migraine too. If you don't like baths or don't have one you can make yourself a foot bath instead.
  2. Stay hydrated. It's easy when we are busy to forget to drink or drink things which are actually dehydrating. The easiest way to make sure you drink enough is to buy a 1.5liter bottle of water to drink. Keep it with you or in your eye line while you work and drink some whenever you notice it. Aim to finish the bottle before the end of work each day. If water-borne you to death try adding slices of fresh fruit to give it a sweeter flavour. Yum!
  3. Seek out quiet. It's not always easy to find peaceful places to go to when you live in a city. But I find most churches, art galleries and libraries very peaceful places to chill in the city. Usually when you get a Migraine you need to find places with minimal sensory input. I think these quiet times should become part of your routine rather than something you HAVE to do when you feel rubbish. If you have access to somewhere wild go for a walk each weekend or every morning to start the day.
  4. Switch over to natural lighting in the evening. Electric lights whether from our screens or from the light bulbs we use to light our houses tell our bodies that it's day time. This is artificially stimulating. I have found that by minimising electric light in the evening and switching to candle light instead helps me feel tired earlier and leads me into a great nights sleep. 
  5. Indulge in a bed time herbal tea. Getting good sleep is really important for those who suffer with migraines. My experience with migraines thus far has always been with people who work too much and don't rest enough  This won't be true of everyone with migraines but it is a trend I have observed so far. By using a relaxing tea such as the night time tea by pukka or neals yard remedies not only are you telling your body it's time to rest and rejuvenate. You're also telling your mind by supporting a bed time routine. That's right, bed time routines aren't just for children.