10 Tips for Effective Migraine Management Goals
Teri Robert Jan 3, 2012 (updated Mar 1, 2014)
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Set goals with your doctor
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.
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Two types of goals
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.
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Select reasonable dates
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.
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Don't neglect your migraine diary
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.
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Find a migraine "buddy"
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.
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Watch those triggers
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.
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Don't neglect your overall health
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.
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Care for all of yourself
Take care of all of yourself. Don’t neglect the emotional and spiritual parts. They have significant impact on your physical health.
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Balance is important
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.
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You're the boss
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.