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How can I manage stress to avoid headaches?

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Try to identify what types of stressful situations or events trigger your headache, and take steps to avoid them. Other tips you can try:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Get 30 minutes of exercise a day.
  • Try relaxation techniques like meditation.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Turn to family and friends for support.
  • Smile and laugh to ease your tension.

SOURCES:

Genes, Brains and Behavior : "Variants in the CNR1 gene predispose to headache with nausea in the presence of life stress."

Headache : "The Stress and Migraine Interaction."

Stress : "Endocannabinoids and stress."

International Journal of Women's Health : "Migraine: is it related to hormonal disturbances or stress?"

American Institute of Stress: "Stress Effects."

The Migraine Trust: "Common triggers," "Keeping a Migraine Diary."

BioPsychoSocial Medicine : "Stress and psychological factors before a migraine attack: A time-based analysis."

American Psychological Association: "Five tips to help manage stress."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Genes, Brains and Behavior : "Variants in the CNR1 gene predispose to headache with nausea in the presence of life stress."

Headache : "The Stress and Migraine Interaction."

Stress : "Endocannabinoids and stress."

International Journal of Women's Health : "Migraine: is it related to hormonal disturbances or stress?"

American Institute of Stress: "Stress Effects."

The Migraine Trust: "Common triggers," "Keeping a Migraine Diary."

BioPsychoSocial Medicine : "Stress and psychological factors before a migraine attack: A time-based analysis."

American Psychological Association: "Five tips to help manage stress."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

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