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Can stress cause migraine?

Yes! Stress is a leading cause of migraine. It is a feeling in which we cannot cope with our mental pressure. Many different situations or conditions in our life cause stress. Everybody deals with it differently. Our ability to fight stress depends on;

  • Genetics
  • Life events
  • Personality
  • Social and economic circumstances

Our body produces fighting hormones that activate the immune system to cope with the stress in stress.

Stress cause migraine

If the stress in your life is present, it triggers migraine and keeps them going. 80% of people can trigger chronic migraine due to stress. Link of stress and headache may be worsened in women than in men. Headache and pressure both can lower your life quality.

Frequent and severe stress can change/destroy your brain’s functions and structures. Changes in brain functions can lead to recurring migraines. Many kinds of stress are involved in migraine-like happy events stress, such as buying a new car or home, planning a wedding or having a baby, etc. Some usual focus is high-pressure jobs; raising kids are more likely to cause migraine due to stress. Daily frequent stress leads to chronic headaches. When your brain is constantly stressed, you can’t enjoy anything, even weekends.

How to manage stress?

Take these steps to manage stress;

1. Regular exercise

Thirty minutes daily walk can soothe your brain and make you happy. Some pain-reducing hormones are released during exercise, reducing  stress.

2. Eat a healthy and balanced diet

Eat a balanced diet, like adding more vegetables and fruits to your daily routine. Consume whole grains rather than processed foods.

3. Enjoy everything

Enjoy your work, plan a weekend, do some activities, have fun with friends and family. Go for a long drive.

4. Get enough sleep

85% of people have a poor sleep, which causes migraine. Stress can awake you at night, which cause poor sleep and lead to migraine. Set a routine and stuck on it. Rest can freshen up your body and mind and recharge you for the next trip or day.

5. Get organized

Get, set, and maintained. It can lower your stress and migraine automatically. Make your daily routine plan of work and rest __set priorities and focus on vital energy.

6. Stay hydrated

Drink more and more water to make sure that you are hydrated. Dehydration also causes headaches.

Symptoms

Stress symptoms appear first than migraine. Common symptoms are;

  • Upset stomach
  • Muscles tension
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Depression
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Mood changes
  • Neck stiffness
  • Constipation
  • Temporary low vision
  • Tingling in the face, arms, and legs
  • Sensitivity to sound and light
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling faint

References

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress#:~:text=Stress%20is%20the%20feeling%20of,with%20mental%20or%20emotional%20pressure.

https://www.healthline.com/health/migraine-from-stress

https://www.healthline.com/health/migraine-from-stress

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