Financial Stress Can Lead To Migraine
Did you know that financial stress can be a trigger for migraines? According to a recent study published at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Paris, people with a certain variation in their CLOCK gene are at risk of suffering from more migraines, when under financial stress(Source).
The role of the CLOCK (Circadian Locomotor Output Cycles Kaput) gene is to regulate certain rhythmic patterns of the body, such as body temperature or the level of cortisol, which is the primary stress hormone. Research shows that roughly one in three people may possess this gene variation.
Two study groups – one comprising 999 patients from Budapest and another with 1350 from Manchester – participated in the European study. During the study, there was a noticeable increase in their stress levels when they were presented with a questionnaire that quizzed them about their day-to-day finances. The increase was more noticeable in people who possessed the specific variation in the CLOCK gene.
Migraine affects over a billion people worldwide, with serious consequences on their productivity and general health and happiness. To this day, it is not fully clear what causes migraine, but commonly agreed-upon factors include lack of sleep, strong medication and dehydration. This new study adds one more factor to that list and, apparently, it is a very common one. The researchers say that if patients understand the factors that trigger migraines, it can help in directing the course of treatment.
If you would like to know how to avoid being stressed – whether about finances or anything in general – read on.
- To begin with, understand that no problem is big enough to risk your health. Stress is the gateway to a lot of mental health issues, so it is never a good idea to worry too much about anything. To bring down your stress, talk to a family member or a close friend and clear your negative thoughts. Reaching out to someone helps to alleviate your stress levels and immediately calms you down, even if only temporarily. With a calm mind, it becomes easier to see a solution to your problem.
- Meditate regularly. This is an oft-quoted suggestion, but a lot of people choose to ignore it. Meditation only works when it is made a habit. You need to spare a small amount of time (5-10 minutes) per day to sit down and properly meditate, with no other thought in your head. Practising meditation regularly will make it harder for you to feel stressed, even in the most intense of situations.
- If you need an instant solution to bring down your stress at any particular time of the day, simply breathe. Taking in and releasing deep breaths counters the effects of stress as this reduces your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Try to inhale deeply with your nose and exhale with your mouth to get the best results.
Most importantly, stop worrying too much about your finances. Money, after all, is man-made. With proper planning and guidance, we can all learn to manage our finances smartly. But, at the end of the day, money is simply not worth worrying too much about, especially at the cost of your health.