10 Tips for Effective Migraine Management Goals
Have you and your doctor set goals for your migraine management? If not, that’s the first step. If you don’t have an appointment scheduled with the doctor you work with to manage your migraines, make one.
You need to have both a long-term goal and incremental goals to mark your progress. The incremental goals also serve to let us see that you ARE making progress. Your long-term goal might be to have no more than one migraine per month and your first incremental goal might be to have no more than one per week.
Select reasonable dates for your goals. It sometimes works best to select a date for only the first incremental goal, then select the next date when you reach the first goal.
Be sure to keep an accurate migraine diary to monitor your progress. Your memory isn't adequate for this task. Need a diary? Download a free diary workbook from Your Migraine and Headache Diary.
Find a friend or family member to be your “buddy” as you work toward your goals. It’s easier when you have someone to share your victories and setbacks.
Keep an eye out for your migraine triggers, especially those that you can avoid. Knowing your triggers and avoiding those you can is a big part of meeting your goals. Need help identifying migraine triggers? See Common Migraine Triggers.
Don’t neglect other health issues and overall health. The body is like an ecosystem. Everything affects everything else. Your overall health and other health issues affect your migraines and vice versa.
Take care of all of yourself. Don’t neglect the emotional and spiritual parts. They have significant impact on your physical health.
Work to maintain a sense of balance. Yes, you need to be disciplined, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up once in a while.
Remember who’s boss. A positive attitude makes an enormous difference. Whether it takes stubbornness, anger, or whatever, remember that you are the boss, not your migraines.