Ok guys let’s talk about migraines. Migraines are a neurological condition that affect about 15% of the world’s population. Woman are 3 times more likely to acquire chronic migraines. That’s crazy! I have been suffering from chronic migraines my entire life. After being clinically diagnosed and still undergoing treatment I want to share some tricks I’ve learned to relieve these tension terrors!
Eating the Right Ingredients:
Our diet is a huge factor in our mental, physical and emotional health so it’s important to start with what goes into your body! Some foods/nutrients to eat are:
Omega-3’s– These are essential fatty acids that help increase blood flow to the brain and body. My favorite Omega-3 food is Salmon but this category includes other fish such as halibut, herring, or mackerel.
Vitamin B6– This is a vitamin that helps lower risk of a migraine by improving the function of the nervous system. This category includes leafy greens like spinach, nuts and seeds.
Magnesium– Having low magnesium can increase our risk of migraines so make sure to include it in your diet. Some foods with high magnesium are; bananas, avocados, and whole grains.
Using Pressure Points:
I wasn’t sure of this one but once I really focused and used the “Mind over Matter” technique it began to work! Here are the pressure points that I find work the best for me!
- The Center of your forehead, often referred to as your third eye. Place your thumb in the center of your forehead using the space in between your eyebrows as a reference point. Apply pressure to that point and move your thumb in a tiny circle for about a minute.
- The crease on the top of the bridge of your nose by your eyes. Once again using your eyebrows as a reference place your two index fingers at the beginning of your eyebrows (the spot closest to your nose). Move down slightly until you are in the crease along your nose, above your eyes, and apply gentle pressure pulling up slightly.
- The skin between your index finger and thumb. The placement of this one is a little self explanatory. Apply direct pressure there using your other hand’s index finger and thumb. Hold for about 10 seconds. Now begin moving your other hand in a tiny circle for about another minute. Make sure to alternate hands to achieve even relief.
Try using Aromatherapy:
One of my latest obsessions are candles, our oil diffuser and well, pretty much anything with a pretty smell! But when I found out I can use aromatherapy to help relieve my migraines I was so excited to try! The three essential oils I find work the best are lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint! All three of these scents reduces anxiety and nausea which are huge triggers/side effects to my migraines!