Migraines can be debilitating, capable of derailing even the most meticulously planned day. This becomes even more challenging when one juggles the myriad responsibilities of motherhood.
Life can often feel like an uphill battle for mothers in the grips of recurring migraines. Despite all of their responsibilities, they’re never spared from these challenges and must contend with them like everybody else. These situations can be hard to manage with a packed parenting schedule.
We want to help! Read on for some tips.
Seeking Professional Help
Your GP isn’t just very smart but they can also be well-connected and can refer you to a neurologist or chiropractor for headaches if their own capabilities are limited.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is also often a winning way to manage migraines. CBT can help you to develop coping strategies for managing stress and pain, which can reduce the intensity of migraines, if not always their frequency.
You could also check out Life Balance Chiropractic’s free chiropractic for migraines guide for more guidance. The underlying principles of chiropractic care are detailed here, with many measures outlined on how to alleviate the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. You’ll find many words to live by here! After all, the guide also contains practical advice on lifestyle adjustments, preventative measures, and self-care routines that can work harmoniously with chiropractic treatment.
Migraines can be a direct consequence of waning self-care (which parents don’t typically do enough of). Skipping meals or becoming dehydrated can often provoke migraines. Don’t cut corners just because your kids are the priority – chow down on plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and all the rest of it.
Exercise is another key aspect of self-care that can help manage migraines. Do lots of walking, swimming, or cycling to reduce your stress levels. If you don’t have enough free time due to your parenting, consider cycling to work, to your kids’ school, or to wherever else you routinely go.
Who doesn’t love a bit of yoga and meditation? They also happen to be beneficial for managing parenting stress and reducing the frequency of migraines. Even parents need to set aside some quiet time for themselves, so do that with these pastimes instead of just watching TV or napping.
Exercise and relax with your kids if your schedule isn’t self-care-friendly. Who knows, perhaps their involvement will mean you can reduce their number of migraines too?
In managing migraines, one crucial step is to identify potential triggers. Notably, the triggers can vary significantly from person to person, but noting what yours might be is highly recommended.
Keep a migraine diary, logging when migraines occur, what you ate or did that day, and any unusual stressors. Over time, you may notice patterns that can help you identify triggers. If lack of sleep tends to precede your migraines, focusing on improving your sleep hygiene can be beneficial. This might involve setting a regular sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and ensuring your sleeping environment is dark, quiet, and comfortable. Control what you can.
It’s important to note that not all triggers can be avoided for mums. Hormonal changes, for example, are a common migraine trigger in women and can be difficult to control, and young kids can disrupt sleep schedules often. In such cases, consider discussing with your doctor the possibility of taking preventive medications or trying hormone therapy.
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