Stress Management and Migraine prevention

For many individuals, stress can be a significant trigger for a migraine attack.
Unfortunately, stress can also prolong migraines as well.

The mechanism behind this involves certain hormones that are released during stress which cause the blood vessels in the brain to constrict and dilate.

Stress can be managed in a variety of ways. Therapeutic counseling by a certified counselor is an evidence-based method of addressing stress. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a method used to help change unhealthy thought patterns and learn better ways of coping.

Mindfulness is a practice of being aware of thoughts and feelings.

Another technique is relaxation practices which may include visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing to help diffuse stress in the body.

Exercise is another means of releasing stress in the body that is good for mental and physical health. This may include more vigorous exercise like HIIT (high intensity interval training) and light exercise like walking.

For more information about stress management, consult with our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Roxanne Singer-Gheorgiu.

By Brooke Seoger, NP