There is nothing worse than trudging through a long, miserable week of work only to be ambushed by a migraine on days that should be spent in total relaxation. It’s sickening to think about, really. Monday is so far away from Friday, yet Friday is so close to Monday. Weekends are precious. It’s important to do whatever you can to stay as migraine-free as possible with your free time. Here are Six Quick Tips to avoiding the ‘weekend headache.’
1. Maintain Your Regular Sleep Schedule
“But I want to sleep in!!!!...” I know. After a stressful week, it is quite tempting to break the cycle, but unfortunately, sleeping in can be a migraine trigger. And all of the sudden your idea of relaxation has transformed into a painful reality. Trust me. Stick with your Monday-Friday scheduled hours.
2. Manage Your Stress Levels
This is a weird one, but going from extremely stressed out during the week to completely loosened up on the weekend can trigger a migraine. Make sure to keep those levels steady. The best way to do this is to simply be conscious of the trigger. Control your heart rate and ease your way into relaxation.
3. Appropriately Plan for Outings
Spring has sprung, and more and more people are starting to plan trips to venture outdoors. Be sure to consider all of the environmental and synthetic triggers that lie ahead. Check the weather before you leave. Counter the sun with some migraine specs. Avoid places where there is a lot of smoking. Bottom line, know what affects you and prepare yourself for it.
4. Stay Hydrated
This is big one for me. If I don’t get my 8 glasses in for the day, then I’m in misery for God knows how long. You think it would be routine, but it can be easy to forget when the weekend rolls around. I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I treat myself and go out for a drink, because, ya know, I’m not a hermit. But when I do, I always drink slowly and match each one with a glass of water.
5. Stay Fed
EAT BREAKFAST! This can sometimes go hand-in-hand with avoiding sleeping in, but still, you should never skip a meal. Make sure the quality is nutritious and the quantity is substantial.
6. Control Caffeine Consumption
Ah, the double-edged sword that is caffeine… It can sometimes be very difficult to get up and running on a Saturday morning, so it’s important to know how to maintain your intake. My suggestion? Go all-or-nothing. If you feel as though it’s a necessity, make sure to create a plan to continue drinking it throughout the day. Stopping after starting could end up hurting you in the long run.
And of course, after testing all of these, LOG YOUR RESULTS! Knowing what your triggers is the best plan-of-action to avoiding future pain.
Thanks for reading, and have a migraine-free day, everyone!