Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with headaches
To get a clearer picture of what may be causing your headaches, keep a diary. Record when headaches strike. Note down what you’ve had to eat, drink, how much sleep you’ve had, what you were doing (working on computer, watching TV) and what the weather was like. Keep a record of when you have a period to see if there’s a link between headaches, your cycle and your hormones.
The Goldilocks approach to sleep
Develop a regular sleep pattern. Avoid too much or too little sleep, get it just right; aim for 7-8 hours a night. Try our relaxation yoga stretching exercises before bed to help you sleep. Check out Hot Flush YouTube vlog Yoga with Annie – Relaxation & Breathing Exercises
Stress and exercise
Migraine and stress are linked. Attacks can develop as stress flip flops, increasing and decreasing. However it happens for you, regular, gentle exercise helps relieve stress, helps with sleep and improves the working of the heart. Simple stretching exercises help you with strength and flexibility. Watch our Hot Flush YouTube vlog Yoga with Annie – Basic Stretching Exercises
Treatment of Hormonal Headaches
There are two approaches to the treatment of menopause headaches.
- Talk to your doctor about how to prevent headaches with magnesium, aspirin and HRT.
- Treat headache symptoms when they happen – with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They can be bought over the counter and others are available on prescription. NHS choices say they’re not suitable for everyone so do check with the pharmacist or your doctor.