People with migraine have had a variety of ways to handle a full-blown migraine attack. We talk about cold therapy, heat, and of course shutting the blinds and pulling the blankets over our heads. However, avoiding migraine in the first place is less discussed.
For those looking for ways to help better migraine proof their home or work space, here are some things I have found that work for me.
We live in a time where staring at screens is a necessity for work and keeping up with social connections. But screens can be a leading factor for people like me in triggering the onset of a migraine attack. From computer screens to smartphones, limiting the number of bright lights, blue lights or reflections is a must for people with migraine. To help minimize those triggers, consider trying these options:
Anti-glare filters for computer screens can stop reflections, which can trigger migraine attacks.
Special eyeglasses that block blue lights have entered the market and might be of some help to some office workers.
Overhead lights and lamps can wreak havoc on people who suffer from migraine. One of my leading triggers is the impact from light. Here are a few things available at any hardware store, that can help make your environment more migraine friendly.
Dimmer switches can reduce lighting to comfortable levels so that people with migraine are not overpowered by bright lights.
LED Lights are much less likely to flicker as compared to fluorescent lights.
When a migraine attack is on the horizon, I find that limiting the amount of noise can help me keep a migraine in check. At the same time, limiting the amount of noise can be difficult if you live in a home with other people. Especially if those other people are children.
Installing good rugs or insulation between walls can cut down on the amount of noise bouncing around inside a home.
Noise cancelling headphones, combined with soft calming music or white noise, can provide an atmosphere that makes things feel more peaceful.
Simply being more aware of your environment is one of the biggest steps you can take to make your world more migraine-friendly. Keeping notes at home, in the car, and at work — especially when you sense a migraine attack coming on—is a good way to remember what might have contributed to the attack.
When you make your home and office space less inviting to migraine, you start to take more control of it. Taking simple steps can help change the way you manage migraine, and these are some of the things that worked for me. It's up to you to find what works in your life, and, as always, stay in touch with your healthcare provider.
Jason G. is a real migraine patient. He has been compensated for his time.