Migraine lifestyle changes have created some surprises along the way for me. However, when you weigh the costs versus benefits there is no real comparison. That said, I have found some ways to compromise with what migraine requires of me. I will share those with you knowing that each of us has to find what works for our own life. We can encourage and support one another on this migraine journey.
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Less Coffee, Are You Serious?
I am a coffee lover and a long-time coffee drinker so this was a big one for me. I even have my favorite Gloria Jean’s on subscribe and save and there is a splurge that takes me back to our honeymoon. That is Koa Coffee and it is delicious. This is the coffee Forbes calls Best in America!
In my search for the caffeine answer, I thankfully found I didn’t have to give up coffee. Tracking my migraine attacks showed that they were not tied to my cup of joe. However, in my constant search for my best life, I have chosen to follow the recommendation of under 200 mg as a part of my migraine lifestyle changes. So I go big and use the favorites I shared. You can be sure I savor every drop!
Then after that first cup in the morning, I switch to decaf. Yes, you heard me. Decaf. That is something I never dreamed I would say. At first, I contemplated whether it was a waste. Then I realized I love the warm cup, and the smell, and perhaps I could trick my brain. So I chose to try it out and it has worked for me. I can even go to my favorite coffee shops and still enjoy a drink.
Botox Stole Your Frown?
This is another one that I never saw coming. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I dreamed of fewer wrinkles. However, I didn’t think I would be someone to get Botox. After many migraine treatments, hospitalization, and efforts to control my migraine attacks I decided to try Botox. I will share more about this later as I have only had two treatments. I would like to have more before I write a full post about it.
So, I didn’t get Botox for wrinkles originally. The goal and insurance-approved reason were to reduce my migraine attacks. However, a small silver lining to 37 shots is reduced lines on my forehead and the side effect of no scowling. I am ok with those. Due to where my migraine attacks are located these areas are included.
Exercise: Finding New Loves
Running has always been a passion of mine. Prior to kids and the migraine beast amping up, I ran at least five days a week. Rain or shine I was out there doing what I loved. After children, my focus changed a bit and it was harder. I would not change my life with them for anything.
However, what really halted my running was the constant migraine interruption. The burden of having at least one attack interrupted my week. It isn’t just the attack day or days. The migraine recovery after an attack takes a toll as well. These times changed my life.
Even still I have not given up running and I have found some new favorites along the way. You can read more about migraine and exercise in my post Exercise Tips for Migraine. I share more about the benefits of yoga and exercise options.
Weight training and yoga have been two things I have added in. They can be gentler on me than pounding the pavement. I try to alternate all of these activities which is probably something that would have benefited me all along. In fact, over time I have participated in all three. I just haven’t been so aware of how they each affect my body at different times.
So it is really important for each person with migraine or any other disease or illness to find what works best for them. Discover what soothes and supports your well-being. I find scheduling these things to be helpful. That said, there are times I have used a pencil knowing I need grace as I manage my migraine attacks. I am in a better place now and thankful for what life looks like today.
Thank you for being here. This migraine life’s better with support. Come back here anytime for encouragement and resources. Reach out on the contact page or join the Facebook group for more conversation. I will continue to share my journey, resources, and helpful products. Through my own migraine road, I have developed a passion for helping others.
Migraine Life Style Changes Favorite Things
I have used these items and found them helpful in my lifestyle changes. The coffee is right next to my caffeinated blend in my cabinet. I love my Boflex kettlebell! I often have to ensure it is available from my other family members. I wish you well as you find what works for you. Reach out with questions.
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Sherrell, Z. (2022, September 23). Caffeine and migraine: Does it help or cause migraine?. Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/caffeine-and-migraine