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7 Tips for Nurses To Cope With Migraines

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Headache and Migraine Awareness Month

One of the main symptoms of healthcare provider burnout is recurring migraines. This highlights the importance of migraine and headache awareness! In fact, South Indian researchers conducted a study in 2021 and determined that students entering the healthcare profession were already at a potentially elevated risk for these effects.

It might be tempting to blame the recent surge in staffing needs. Considering the pandemic, it makes sense, right? But this is not a new issue. Taiwanese researchers conducted another study that found the same symptoms were present in nursing and healthcare employees as far back as 2015. This is why Jogan Health chooses to help HPs during Migraine and Headache Awareness Month! Very few folks need relief from these symptoms more than these crucial cornerstones of our industry.

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

With Migraine and Headache Awareness Month in full swing, Jogan Health wants to help curtail the effects of burnout and work-related anxiety. We understand that nurses have some of the highest anxiety jobs in the market. Because of this, we want to ensure all of them have the support they need. However, we also know that consulting a physician every time this issue comes up is not only impractical – it is also expensive!

To circumvent this obstacle, we have put together a concise list of at-home remedies you can employ to rid yourself of migraines and headaches – especially those triggered by stress. Remember that none of these are a replacement for medical treatment. If you suffer from migraines or headaches due to an underlying condition, consult a professional. Read on for more information! 

Remedies for Healthcare Providers with Migraines and Headaches 

While natural remedies may not work for everyone, some people find relief from migraines and headaches through the following methods. 

  1. Magnesium: Taking magnesium supplements or incorporating magnesium-rich foods like spinach, almonds, and avocados into your diet may help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. 
  1. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): Some studies suggest that taking riboflavin supplements can help prevent migraines. Reliable sources of riboflavin include dairy products, lean meats, eggs, and leafy greens. 
  1. Herbs: Feverfew and butterbur are herbs that are commonly associated with migraine prevention. It may help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. However, these should be used with caution and under medical supervision due to potential side effects. 
  1. Relaxation Techniques: Stress and tension can trigger migraines and headaches. Practices like deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation may help relax your body and alleviate headache symptoms. 
  1. Cold or Hot Compress: Applying a cold or hot compress to the painful area can provide temporary relief. 
  1. Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce swelling associated with migraines. It can be consumed as tea, added to meals, or taken in supplement form. 
  1. Hydration: This one might seem simple, but 75% of adults are chronically dehydrated. Even if you feel that you already drink enough water, adding a glass or two a day to your consumption could help prevent headaches. This is due to water rehydrating and expanding blood vessels and muscles around your neck, head, or face that have tightened and dried out. 

Jogan Health Helps You Fight the Causes of Stress-Related Migraines 

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Most migraines and headaches are caused, in one way or another, by stress and anxiety. As stated above, this is especially true in healthcare students and professionals. Jogan Health can help you fight this tension by assisting with job placement and providing a consistent team to follow through with you throughout your career. We can help reduce stress so you can focus on taking care of your patients and yourself. Contact us today for more information on our staffing services and let us worry about the parts of the job that give you needless anxiety and cause these symptoms!

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