Top Tips to Relieve a Migraine
10th Sep 2019
Migraine is the third most common disease in the world and affects 1 in 7 people. It is estimated that the UK population loses 25 million days from work or school each year. If you suffer with migraines, then you know just how awful they can be.
Here are our 7 top tips to help prevent a migraine:
Since migraine headaches are more common during times of stress, finding healthy ways to cope with stress may help. Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities or chores into the day, find a way to leave some things out making time to do something you enjoy. It could be reading a book, having a cuppa with a friend or pursuing a hobby like yoga. Doing something you enjoy is a natural way to combat stress and at SenSpa we understand how busy life can get so we have created a bunch of half day and evening packages that it fits around you.
- Exercise regularly
A regular exercise routine can help reduce the overall number of migraines you experience, as well as the frequency of your symptoms. It decreases your sensitivity to pain because exercise releases endorphins-the feel good hormones made in the brain. Swimming and walking are great ways to fit in aerobic exercise. With the weather taking a turn for the worse, check out our facilities and retreat to the comfort of SenSpa.
- Sleep Well
Migraines are often triggered by a poor night's sleep and we know that a good night’s sleep is crucial for both our physical and mental health. Unwind at the end of the day with a soak in the bath whilst listening to a soothing playlist. Designed to soothe both the mind and body, SenSpa’s Sweet Dreams Bath Milk and Blissful Moment Body Balm help you to unwind, destress and float away into a restful night’s sleep.
Meditation exercises can ease your mind and your pain by helping you focus on the present moment as well as helping you foster a positive attitude. Deep breathing from your diaphragm can help you relax. Focus on inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply for at least 10 minutes every day. When you're done, sit quietly for a minute or two. You can do this whilst in the bath too.
- Try Yoga
Yoga poses and stretching can help reduce muscle tightness and tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. This is important because when these muscles are tight it can make migraine symptoms worse. Yoga helps loosen your muscles as well as helps to reduce stress. SenSpa has an exclusive selection of classes including Yoga available to our members to enhance every aspect of your physical and mental fitness.
- Practice good posture
Poor posture such as hunching over a computer all day can strain your head, neck, and shoulder muscles, leading to a migraine. Check in with yourself throughout the day and notice your posture. Are your shoulders hunched? Is your spine straight? By making some adjustments to your posture, it may help reduce the frequency of your migraines. If you are feeling tight from sitting at a desk all day long, book yourself in for a massage. Our anti-stress massage focuses on the back and shoulders to relieve tension and tight muscles as well as helps you relax.
- Eat right
Eating well-balanced meals and getting enough fluids can help keep migraines away. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water every day and maintain a balanced, healthy diet by eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and protein. Why not take a break and let us look after you? Spend the day relaxing by the pool before your hour long massage to relieve you tight muscles, a delicious meal created from locally sourced, fresh ingredients and the best night’s sleep you’ve had in ages. We’ve got you covered…
Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to try to keep migraines at bay. By avoiding things you know that may set off a migraine and incorporating healthy habits, you can actually help to reduce the amount of migraines you experience. Making time for you is by far the most important thing you can do for yourself. Remember – you only have one body so it’s time to start looking after it.
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