Best Ways To Cope With A Migraine

Teen woman with headache holding her hand to the head

There are different kinds of migraines. Your classic migraine may start with an aura. This means you may see colors or lights flashing or you may not be able to see things on your side. The aura may last up to a half hour. The pain of the migraine may come either with the aura or after it.

The common migraine does not have an aura. They usually start slower than the classic migraine and last longer.

A migraine may last for only a couple of hours, but it may last for several days. Either way, having a migraine is miserable.

As soon as you have the first sign of a migraine you want to address it. Turn off lights and relax in a quiet dark room. You can try applying either hot or cold compresses to your neck or head.

You may want to massage your neck or shoulder muscles.

You can try over the counter pain medications such a aspirin, Tylenol, Excedrin, Aleve or Motrin or for severe migraines you may have a prescription medication from your doctor.

The best way to handle migraines is to try and prevent them. There are several things you can do to try and prevent migraines. Migraines are often brought on by foods or stress.

Try to identify foods or additives which may trigger a migraine. Some items such as caffeine, aged cheese, chocolate, alcohol, processed meats, MSG, canned soups, soy sauce, meat tenderizers and nuts or peanut butter may trigger a migraine. These are just some of the trigger items. Try eliminating them one at a time from your diet and see if it helps.


You need to try and eliminate as much tension and stress from your life as possible. If you have a large task you need to do try breaking it down into smaller tasks which can be managed my easily or try delegating some tasks to others. Try not to take on more and more tasks.

If you are stressing over something you cannot change and over which you have no control you need to accept this fact and let it go.

If you feel stressed out or overwhelmed take a break to recharge your batteries.

Set a schedule so you go to bed and sleep and then arise at pretty much the same time each day. Remove things from the bedroom which will distract you and interfere with getting to sleep like a television or taking work into the bedroom. If you cannot get to sleep try reading a book for a little while, not reading on an electric devise which can hinder sleep.

Eat regular meals (including breakfast) each day at approximately the same time.

Try to avoid negative thinking.

Deep breathing for a few minutes each day may help relax you.

Smoking may contribute to migraines so it is wise to stop.

Getting some exercise on a regular basis is helpful.

For frequent or severe migraines you want to consult with your health care professional for advise and treatment.

There are support groups for those who suffer with migraines and they may be a good resource for you.