Do you suffer from migraines? I have been getting migraines since I was 16! It's been a journey. As I have gotten older, I have really learned how to handle life with migraines (I typically get at least one a month, sometimes more). Over the years, while I have learned to gain control of my migraines, I have picked up a few products and tips that have made a difference in migraine relief.
This is a tough one for me. I am pretty much always moving a million miles an hour and now being a founder, that does not help! I have learned that for me one thing that has really helped my migraines is staying calm, take a pause, take a deep breath or getting some air. I have found that doing that in moments of high chaos or stress has really helped me avoid a migraine. If I need a little extra help with this, I'll take a stress gummy or drink my favorite calming tea.
Another thing I discovered during a random internet search was peppermint oil. This is such a soothing relief. I take the peppermint oil and put it along my temples, down the back of my neck and right below my jaw line. It feels like it creates this cooling cocoon around my head that provides some relief in even my worst migraines. The one I love has peppermint, spearmint and lavender. I keep this in my purse and put it on when I feel a migraine or headache calming on. It also helps with migraine nausea.
This seems like SUCH an obvious one but honestly I still forget. It makes a massive massive difference to always stay hydrated. I have found that for me this is huge. I literally keep a giant liter water bottle next to me all day and try and fill it up at least twice. There is also an adorable water llama app I recommend that makes it fun,
Cooling gel sheets
This is another random cooling one. I discovered these cooling migraine gel sheets that work wonders. When I have a really bad migraine or am starting to get one before bed, I will stick these on my head and it's like instant relief. What I love about them is that I can stick them on my head and they stay there. I love using an ice pack but these are so much more convenient. I keep them in my bag when I travel so that I always have an emergency stash.
Icepack and hot feet
This is kind of a weird one. I can't even remember who told me to try this or where I learned about this, but it helps. I fill up my tub or sink with hot water, stick my feet in and put an ice pack on the back of my neck. There is something about the hot and cold sensation that provides some much needed relief. Totally recommend trying it out!
Earlier this year I had a particularly rough couple of months with migraines. I pretty much had one non stop for weeks and would only get a day or two of relief. I went to the doctor, got a ton of tests done, but everything was fine with me. Separate from my migraines she recommended I go on a multivitamin and Vitamin D. After the first time I took it, I randomly stopped getting my migraines the next day. So I keep it up every day with my vitamins.
I also found these great migraine vitamins. They have feverfew, Magnesium, and Vitamin D, and I have definitely noticed a difference in consistently taking them.
I grew up most of my life not being a fan of working out, but over the last 2 years I personally noticed my migraines staying away longer if I was working out. I think it probably also ties to how working out keeps my stress lower. I make sure to consistently work out to keep my migraines in check and keep me happier.
I hope these tips and tricks can help you or someone you know who deals with chronic migraines! I am always intrigued to learn more, so if you try any or have any other tips, pop in to my Migraines Tips and Tricks room in my space in Diem!