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10 Tips To Manage Your Migraine

10 Tips To Manage Your Migraine

Migraine is not just a headache. It is actually a very complex condition with a wide variety of debilitating symptoms characterised by a painful headache. Other symptoms may include disturbed vision sensitivity to light, sounds, certain smells, as well as nausea and vomiting.

As distressing as a migraine affliction may seem, there are simple, but effective ways, you can manage and control migraine attacks, as well as ease the symptoms. Here are 10 simple and practical tips you can easily employ to help you manage your migraine.

1. Stick to a schedule.

Whatever your daily lifestyle activities may be, try and stick to a regular schedule. This should include going to bed and getting up and the same times each day, eating your meals as close to the usual times as possible, and some regular exercising daily.

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2. Keep track of what triggers set you off.

Often it might be certain kind of foods, such as dark chocolate, red wine or cheese etc.

3. Analyse your recorded data.

Analyse the triggers you have captured for a couple of months to really get to the bottom of the triggers.

4. Consider a supplement.

Studies have indicated that magnesium, vitamin B2, and CoQ10, are supplements which have calming effects.

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5. Try and cut down on very vigorous exercise.

Research has shown that the pain sometimes gets worse with exercise which is too exerting. Try Yoga, an activity which induces calm, relieves stress and eases aches and pains. Gentle aerobic exercises also help to relieve stiffness in the neck and shoulders.

6. Follow a healthy diet.

Opt for magnesium rich-foods such as green veggies, tomatoes, nuts, beans, peas and wholegrains. A lack of magnesium can lead to a reduced blood flow to the brain, which is linked to migraine attacks. Omega 3 foods, like tuna, mackerel and sardines, also have some excellent calming effects, and are excellent for heart health.

7. Keep an eye on your blood sugar levels.

A drop in blood sugar levels is a common migraine trigger, as it leads to more than usual glucose being released into the blood-stream, which may cause blood pressure to rise.

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8. Quit smoking.

If you have an allergy to smoking, passive smoking or even sensitivity to certain odours, it can set off a migraine attack. By avoiding such places or situations where smoking occurs, headaches may be avoided.

9. Practice prevention.

There are several migraine preventative medications on the market. Whether or not you are chronically prone to migraine attacks, your doctor will undoubtedly prescribe some specific meds for you. These meds are designed to help ease the symptoms, and help prevent attacks.

Take the medication as directed, to give yourself the best possible chance to manage your migraine hassles. The most common one is sumatriptan; you can see some information about it here. Always read the patient information leaflet and consult a GP before taking any prescription medicine.

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10. Check your caffeine intake.

Too much caffeine may cause the blood vessels around the brain to constrict more than usual, and thus trigger a migraine. More than 300mg a day, which is about 5 cups of instant coffee, can cause problems.

Like most people in this tech era, you may lead a very busy life, with enough stress to cope with in the general run of things. Coping with migraine on the run, just adds to the stress. Implementing some of these simple tips, as well as making a few minor lifestyle changes, will be of vital assistance in helping you to manage your migraine problem.

Photo Credit: Leland Francisco via Flickr

Featured photo credit: Leland Francisco via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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