How many times has your life been interrupted by a migraine? You are not alone. These problems were first mentioned in ancient writings nearly four thousand years ago. Sometimes, we get cooped up in our everyday routines and forget what nature and other environmental things can do for us. Sometimes an environmental change is all we need to treat migraines and get back on track with life. Here are a few things to understand about migraines and how environmental changes can help.
Seek a Soothing Environment
Being in a chaotic environment can induce headaches. Buzzing computers, ringing phones, and flashing lights are the hallmarks of technology, and most people have these in their homes. Individual elements, such as noisy children and complicated family dynamics, can also be triggers. These environmental stresses may cause severe migraines that intensify with the surrounding noise. You can find peace and tranquility by stepping away from the noise and meditating. Retreat to a private space where you can relax your senses and soothe your mind can help with your headache. If you are not sensitive to sound or scents during a migraine attack, then you should consider listening to soft music. Your sanctuary could also be a serene walk through the woods for a dose of nature’s healing.
Know Your Triggers
Do you have a history of constant migraines? Do you know your triggers? What are the elements or situations responsible for causing your headaches? Not all people have the same causes. A specific smell can bring about a headache, or it can be bright and flashing lights that are the cause. Stressful environments can also cause tension that leads to a headache.
Talk to your physician about ways to identify and avoid your specific triggers. Some people may continue to have migraines regardless of what they do. Know that migraines are considered a long term disability and you should talk to a doctor if it persists.
Fragrances Can Be Helpful
Since the olfactory nerve is so closely connected to the brain, it stands to reason why certain smells can bring about a migraine. Conversely, many migraine patients have discovered partial or complete pain relief by using aromatherapy and essential oils. Fragrances like chamomile, lavender, and mint have been used for centuries to treat headaches. Relief may be as easy as filling your environment with calming smells from an essential oil diffuser or scented candle. If your migraine results from stress, a calming oil like lavender might be the most helpful to ease the tension.
Migraines can be a debilitating sickness, but understanding things like these will help you to find relief. Medical researchers discover new details about migraines each year. Discuss these useful tips with your headache specialist and see which ones work best for you.
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