In a survey of over 600 people who suffer from migraines, they found that 94% of sufferers had migraines that were triggered by stress. It affects people in different ways in terms of frequency:
- 38% of sufferers had a migraine attack on a weekly basis
- 30% of people had a migraine on a monthly basis
- 26% of those surveyed had a migraine attack several times a year
Stress and migraines
Interestingly, over half of those that were surveyed believed that they had prevented migraine attacks through minimising stress levels. Here are some of our tips on how to reduce stress – and hopefully lessen migraine episodes:
- Explore mindfulness and take some time out each day
- Adopt relaxation techniques
- Identify stressful circumstances in your daily life and develop solutions
- Embrace exercise and try and incorporate a daily workout
- Ensure you’re getting adequate sleep
- Look at your diet
- Start a migraine diary to identify how often your migraines are triggered by stress and if there were other factors such as lack of sleep
Even is managing stress levels is reducing migraine frequency, there are other treatment options.
Those patients suffering from chronic migraines can benefit from botulinum toxin injections for migraine relief. However, use is restricted in terms of eligibility and availability on the NHS is not easy to access. Patients are increasingly seeking a private practice offering Botox migraine therapy as a result.