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For the majority of my life, I've dealt with migraines. When I was a teenager, I started having awful, horrible migraines. The only thing I could do was to lay in a quiet room in the dark and wait for it to pass. It was miserable. I went through a few migraine medications before I found one that worked, but I still had to deal with the side effects from the medicine. On top of feeling miserable from the migraine, the medicine made me sick to my stomach.
After my husband and I started having kids, my migraines miraculously got better. I still get them from time to time, but I know how to manage them now. There are a few things that help me from getting a migraine, so hopefully this will help someone suffering from them as well. Consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines.
Get Enough Sleep
This is a big one for me! I am a night owl and an early bird. Basically, I don't ever want to miss anything. Sometimes, I get in an unhealthy cycle of stay up late/wake up early. Eventually, I crash with a migraine. I make a conscious effort to get enough sleep each night. There are many ways you can cultivate a good sleep habit, and I like to use an alarm to remind myself to get ready for bed each night.
Dehydration can lead to headaches. If I skimp on the H2O, a headache is not far behind, and it inevitably develops into a migraine. I keep a bottle of water with me at all times!
My body will let me know when I am not eating well. Not only do I break out on my face and feel tired, but the more I eat junk food the more I crave junk food. There are many junk foods that can trigger migraines, and boy can I tell when it's time to get back on the healthy train!
Keep Excedrin® Migraine Stocked
Excedrin® Migraine has been a staple in our house for years. I can't even tell you how many times Excedrin® Migraine has saved the day. A couple months ago, my husband and I had a weekend vacation planned for our 10th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, a hurricane decided to blow through the coast that weekend and cancelled our trip. I was stressed out so much about the weather, the kids, and our cancelled vacation that a full blown migraine came on.
After I read the "Excedrin® Migraine Warnings of Usage," I used two Excedrin® Migraine as directed. They made me feel so much better within 30 minutes, and it's #1 Neurologist recommended*. My husband and I still had a kid-free (and migraine-free) day to spend with each other!
Take Time For Yourself
My migraines are also linked to stress. Self-care is important even if you don't suffer from migraines. It's vital to decompress and rest your mind and body. Even if you can only spare 15 minutes a day, you can read a book or magazine, make yourself a cup of tea, or sit down to watch a tv show. I make sure to relax every day, no matter how little time I have to do so. Sometimes I don't relax until I'm going to bed. If that happens, I spend a few moments to read before I go to sleep.
Ironically, a few weeks ago, we had another hurricane blow through our area. It was pretty high stress around here for a week, and I used my very last Excedrin® Migraine while I was watching the water creep closer and closer to our house. The very first day we could make a grocery store run, I stocked up on my Excedrin® products at Walmart, which are Excedrin® Migraine and Excedrin® PM Headache.
If you suffer from migraines, I'd love to hear some of your tips!
*Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2014