As with any chronic condition, it is important to actively participate in healthy lifestyle modifications that can decrease headache burden. This is especially true of the primary headache types (which we will delve into in upcoming posts).
Lifestyle is more than nutrition and hydration, so it is important to focus on physical and mental health as well. Our brains like structure, but also need to be stimulated from an intellectual and social perspective.
Make a schedule and stick to it. Eat regular meals with brightly colored fruits and vegetables, stay hydrated and limit caffeine intake after 2pm. Wake up and go to bed around the same time each day. Include at least 20 minutes of physical activity per day. Start with low-impact activities like walking or yoga and work up to that goal. Include volunteer activities at least once per week.
Try to do something mentally stimulating (not frustrating!), like playing along with Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, or Sudoku at least one hour per day. Include volunteer activities and interaction with others (outside your immediate family) at least once per week.
Much like nutrition and hydration, these are general suggestions and your specific objectives should be tailored based on YOU! Happy Valentine’s Day :)