It’s really tough to battle a migraine. So when everything finally gets over, the relief arrives, and also the moment to treat yourself!
When you’re battling a painful migraine, it’s difficult to imagine anything else than your throbbing head. So once the moment of relief finally arrives, some pampering may be in order. I’m listing easy ways to treat yourself when you’ve finally made it through intense pain.
Try something new
An attack can make you feel completely unlike yourself. Now that you’re past the ordeal and back in action, push yourself into doing that always-talked-about language or exercise class or that long-forgotten DIY project (staining that old wooden chest or making a new slipcover).
Head to the spa
A massage after a migraine sounds pretty great, right? But there’s more to find at your local day spa-with a flat fee sometimes you can get access to saunas, whirlpools and relaxation rooms, even if you don’t opt for a treatment. And with so many deal sites out there, you also have a decent chance of finding a great discount. At the very least, there is always a 10-15 minute chair massage at the nail salon.
Laugh it up
If you’re in a bit nostalgic mood, try 90s or 80s favorite on late-night basic cable. You can also try a mini-binge on a TV comedy you’ve been dying to catch up on, or you can even turn to your streaming device for a newer award-winner or buzzed-about reality show. No matter what you finally choose, take your time to immerse yourself a bit in pleasure before you finally go back into (finally migraine free!) world.
With eve a brief medication session can leave you feeling great. Research in the past shows that for some, medication can even reduce pain and anxiety; plus this practice can have a lasting effect on how your body manages stress. These days you can get many smart phone apps that offer guided audio medications to make it super easy, even for beginners.
Get your hands dirty
Now that your pain is gone, try to spend some time in your garden. Even simple task like gardening can reduce some of your stress. A small study in 2001 showed that 20-minute gardening session was more stress-buster than a 30-minute reading session.
Visit a store you love
You can also commemorate your new pain-free, post-migraine self with some retail therapy. Head off to your nearest brick-and-mortar store and purchase that bright sweater, hardback book or really colorful umbrella that you’ve had your eye on.
Tackle a task
Handing up that old family photo or cleaning off your desk may not seem like a thrill ride, but crossing off a “To Do” can surely be very satisfying-especially if you’ve been incapacitated by your migraine attack. Just keep it reasonable so that the entire process remains stress free (e.g. instead of tacking the entire basement, tackle just one drawer.)
Make a new recipe
Cooking is definitely the best way to treat yourself, but it’s very easy to fall into a rut and make the same thing again and again. Go online or crack open that neglected cookbook and try recipes with lesser-known ingredients (such as pomegranates), or try something new and exciting.
Call a friend
Staying in touch with family and friends can easily boost happiness-in fact, past research shows that calling your dad or mom can even reduce stress. Try a video chat or jump on a quick call to make it feel like you’re spending quality time with your loved one.
Take a walk
Maybe you were cooped up inside due to your migraine, so why not get some fresh air outside? The best to do that is take a brisk walk in a garden or on your favorite path-sometimes even a short trip around the block can do the trick.