Is Work Giving You a Migraine? Here’s How to Get Rid of It
There are various potential factors that trigger migraines at work. But there are also efficient ways to dodge these obnoxious pains and prevent them from getting worse so that you can continue being productive.
Curious to know how? Then let’s take a closer look at these useful tips and put them into practice before the migraine hits you. Consider them a preemptive strike to get rid of it for good!
A busy day can get in the way of many things. But eating should not be one of them, especially when hunger is one of the top headache triggers. Therefore, no matter how busy you are, in order to successfully complete your tasks, make sure you nourish and energize your body through food.
Captain’s tip: Don’t skip you lunch break or at the very least, have some filling snacks in your desk, such as nuts, protein bars, trail mix.
Drink more water
Apart from hunger, do you know what else causes headaches and migraines? Dehydration. When the body is dehydrated, the brain suffers from fluid loss and shrinks or contracts, causing the insufferable headache.
Captain’s tip: Stay hydrated throughout the day by keeping a bottle or cup of fresh water on your desk to sip frequently. Aim for minimum 8 cups a day.
Caffeine has its ups and downs. For some, it can act as a diuretic and lead to dehydration migraines.
For others, caffeine works as a very efficient energy booster and pain reliever. Therefore, if you consume caffeine on a regular basis and it alleviates your head pain, it’s probably not a good idea to skip on your cup of joe.
Captain’s tip: Specialists recommend around 100 to 130 mg of caffeine per drink for regular consumers.
If you want to know more about caffeine’s pros and cons, check out this post!
Use blue light filters
You’ve probably heard that blue light from devices can affect your health. When it comes to eyes and brain, there are certain blue light wavelengths, like flickerings, that cause discomfort and throbbing pain. In addition, blue light makes you blink less and leads to eye strain.
Captain’s tip: Turn on your computer settings for blue light filter or use blue-light blocking glasses. You’ll surely notice the difference!
Dim the lights
People prone to headaches and migraines are sensitive to fluorescent lights or bright lights. If you’re one of them and your working environment is giving you headaches, try moving to a not so bright place in the office or turn the overhead lights and use a desk lamp instead.
Captain’s tip: Balance the brightness of your workspace with that of your computer. If this doesn’t work, try light sensitivity glasses.
Stage your workplace properly
Apart from taking care of the computer screen and office lights to prevent migraines, there’s another thing you also have to take into consideration. The ergonomics of your desk
In other words, before you start working, pay attention to how you set up your desk so that you work comfortably and productively without any neck strain, eye pain and subsequently headache.
Captain’s tip: Your monitor should be right in front of you, 20 to 40 inches from your face. Also, adjust your chair to look straight ahead.
Take a Break
When I say a break, I actually mean frequent breaks. That’s because short and frequent breaks reduce the risk of computer-related migraines. They help your body and brain get a refresh, improve circulation and relieve tension in various parts of your body.
Captain’s tip: The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests following the “20-20-20” rule: look at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Not on your computer, ok?
Stress is at the top of the pyramid when it comes to migraine triggers. And unfortunately, work-related stress is something everyone experiences at some point in their lives.
Specialists state that migraines are triggered 2 or 3 days after a stressful event or stressful day, so the attack is not immediate but it can be quite powerful nonetheless.
Captain’s tip: To manage work stress and avoid stress-induced migraines you can try deep breathing or going for a short walk to clear your mind.