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Monday, October 31st, 2011
Throughout the years, scientists have conducted many studies linking chronic migraines with anxiety attacks and panic disorder; other symptoms associated with migraine headaches include phobias, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Anxiety and migraine illness occur together
In a 2009 study, scientists Gregory E. Ratcliffe B.Sc. and Jitender Sareen M.D., F.R.C.P.C. observed the correlation between chronic headaches and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
According to researchers, certain people are more susceptible to mood disorders such as anxiety disorder and depression than others are- and those people are also more likely to experience chronic migraine than people who don’t suffer from anxiety attacks.
Clinical study links migraines with mental disorders
The study, published by General Hospital Psychiatry, focused on over four thousand test subjects from an earlier study on migraines- the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey.
About Eleven percent of German migraine patients suffered from migraine headaches in addition to at least one of several mental disorders, including:
- Chronic depression
- General anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Panic attacks
- Panic disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse disorders
- General phobias
“Together, migraine and mental disorders cause more impairment than alone,” says lead study author Gregory Ratcliffe, University of Manitoba, Canada. “Patients who have one condition should be assessed for the other so they can be treated holistically. Although it is important to know that both are present, treating one will have an effect on the other.”
Migraines are a recurring nightmare
Scientists also discovered that migraine patients who suffer from anxiety are 40% more likely to suffer from severe depression, as well. Researchers have observed a cyclic relationship between depression, anxiety, and migraine attacks. Depressed individuals begin to experience symptoms of anxiety, which include heart palpitations, nervousness, feelings of despair, and uncontrolled thought patterns. The aftermath of anxiety attacks often includes migraine; among the many symptoms of chronic migraines, depression is one of the most common, and so the cycle continues.
Dealing with anxiety and migraines
Migraine headache specialists recommend the following tips for preventing migraines and anxiety:
- Acknowledge the reality of the situation by doing your research. The more you learn about your brain and migraine illness, the sooner you will come to realize that there are perfectly reasonable, scientifically proven explanations for all the symptoms of anxiety you are experiencing.
- Keep track of migraine triggers by keeping a headache journal.
- Practice guided meditation, relaxation techniques, and exercises such as yoga or Tai Chi, all of which focus on quieting the mind.
- Stay regular. Migraines sufferers are very sensitive to fluctuations, so sleep regular hours, eat at regular intervals, and prepare yourself for hormonal changes such as menopause, menstruation, pregnancy, and perimenopause.
- Seek out natural migraine ingredients, such as butterbur, magnesium, and riboflavin.
Read more about preventing migraines:
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Monday, October 10th, 2011
Time Management Tips for Healthy Living: Stress management tip: A cluttered home leads to anxiety disorder, stress and migraines; these simple home organization tips show you how to de-clutter your house quickly.
Simplify- it’s the new “downsize”
In the 90’s, the buzzword was “downsize.” Instead of laying off employees, businesses would engage in “corporate downsizing.” Switching from a minivan to a hatchback meant you were downsizing your gas budget. Going on a diet meant you were downsizing your physical space.
Today, the new buzzword is “simplify.” We have accumulated so much stuff- smartphones, laptops, Bluetooth headsets, instant text messaging, and hordes of other social media tools- that the surmounting stress has us gasping for breath, yearning for a simpler time- a time when we weren’t on-call 24-7.
A time when we could step out of our office, and actually BE out of our office.
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Save time, without going back in time
The days of snail mail and non-digital devices are (almost) over. You can’t travel back to a simpler time, but you can learn how to manage the time you have. By learning how to reduce clutter at work and at home, you will also reduce stress, and thereby alleviating anxiety, depression, and chronic migraine headaches.
Even if you’re not a Feng Shui master, you can effectively organize your house, even small living spaces, and simplify your life in a way that promotes peace and balance.
Here are some helpful de-cluttering tips:
De-clutter your workspace
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- Clear off your desk and empty its drawers. For now, put all papers, desk accessories, and miscellaneous objects in one pile for sorting. Using a non-scented all-purpose cleaning spray, gently wipe off all the dust and grime. Now, sort through your pile of paperwork, and throw away anything you don’t need. Consider taking digital photos of important documents. Do you still need the originals? Set up a filing system for need-to-store papers, like tax forms, and label each section appropriately.
- Clear your computer space. Do you have any saved files you don’t need? Erase them. Are your files organized in a way that makes it easy for you to find them? Consider renaming files that don’t clearly describe their contents. Reduce the number of icons on your desktop, and uninstall any programs that you don’t use or need. Your computer will run more smoothly, efficiently, and you will increase productivity.
De-clutter your living space
According to the Fly Lady, just 15 minutes is sufficient to declutter one living space, using what she calls the “27-Fling Boogie.”
- Put together your decluttering equipment, including garbage bags or boxes marked “toss,” “donate,” or “sort,” a bottle of spray cleaner and a dust rag.
- Set your timer for fifteen minutes per room or clutter zone. So, if you live in a 3-bedroom apartment with living room, then you will spend a total of 75 minutes decluttering your home. (You weren’t going to forget the kitchen, were you?)
- Starting at the door, get to work! Pretend this is a reality show, and the object is to end up with as much stuff in your “toss” and “donate” bags. Remember the “use it or lose it” rule- if you haven’t used something in over a year, then you might as well get rid of it.
- Now the fun part- put away all your items to be sorted, and enjoy your newly clean living area!
- When the timer goes off, go on to the next room, and start over.
- Throw out your garbage before you get second thoughts, and drop your bag of donations off at your nearest collection center.
De-clutter your breathing space
You’ve managed to simplify your work and home space; now it’s time to take the mental clutter out of your life.
- Make a list of all your commitments, including work, social life, and family. Is there anything on your list that causes more stress than satisfaction, or anything that interferes with your home life? Give yourself permission to let go of any unnecessary obligations that you don’t enjoy.
- Reduce the amount of electronic stimuli in your life. Studies show a direct correlation between migraine headaches and eyestrain, and frequent smartphone usage. Try to get by with less television viewing, movie streaming, or Facebook chatting. You turn your cell phone off before meetings, but why stop there? Silence your cell phone during meals, while exercising or just for a few quiet moments with your spouse. You have voicemail- use it.
- Don’t multitask. You might think that you’re getting more work done in less time, but you’re really just producing sub-standard work. People who try to do two things at once get frustrated easily, are unable to concentrate, and are easily distracted. Instead, focus on one task at a time, be it cooking, mopping the floor, calling customer service, or helping your child with his homework.
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“Mind Sweep” – Clearing the Stress of Mental Clutter
Simplify your life to reduce stress – MayoClinic.com
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