Migraine Attack? Here's What You Should Do If It Hits At Work


If you’re suffering from a migraine, there’s most likely nothing that could make it worse than having it hit at work. But there are some things you can do to prevent your headache from getting worse. Here are five tips for handling a migraine at work:

Get Ready To Hit Snooze.

If you’re lucky enough to have a migraine attack at home, then all of this will probably happen in your bedroom or living room. But if you get one at work and can’t leave the office (or if it hits while you’re on a conference call), don’t panic. Just lie down somewhere comfortable and let the pain pass over you like an ocean wave—it always does!

Here are some tips on where to lie down when all hell breaks loose:

  • Put a pillow over your head. If all else fails, just put the pillow between your ears and try to zone out for a few minutes by closing off any ambient noise from outside sources.
  • Lie down on the floor or ground (or even better yet—the floor of someone else’s office). If there’s not much space available for lying down on, try leaning against something soft like a wall or sofa as long as it doesn’t have sharp edges that could poke into your back or neck when lying flatly against them for too long (ouch!). Of course this won’t be possible if everyone else is still working too so hopefully someone will offer up their desk chair instead 🙂

Grab Some Pain Relief Medication.

If you get a headache, take as much pain relief medication as your doctor prescribes. Don’t take more than that and don’t mix it with alcohol or any other medication without first checking with your doctor. And if you’re pregnant, talk to them about what’s safe for you to take during pregnancy.

Call Your Boss, Coworkers, And Clients.

If you’re at work and know that a migraine attack is coming on, make sure to notify your boss, coworkers and clients. Let them know that you are not feeling well and will be in touch when you feel better. You can also ask if they could help out in any way. If possible, let them know about your migraine ahead of time so they have time to prepare for it.

Head To The Darkest Room You Can Find.

If you’re experiencing a migraine, head to the darkest room you can find. Darkness helps your eyes relax and reduces the amount of light that is being sent to the brain. You may also want to put on an eye mask, which will completely block out any light and help your eyes rest even more. If possible, try closing your eyes for a while during the attack. This can help induce sleepiness and relaxes muscles in preparation for sleep.

Be Prepared For The Next Attack.

If you want to avoid being caught off-guard by another migraine attack, here are a few steps you can take:

  • Have a plan in place before the migraine hits. Before your next bout with pain, make sure that you know what medications you’re allowed to take at work (if any) and how much time it will take for them to work. Also figure out how long your last medication lasted once it started working and if there are any other medications that could help cover up the pain until then.
  • Know what triggers your attacks so that when they do happen again, avoid those things as much as possible (or just get them out of the office). If certain smells trigger an attack, try using some scented candles or incense when they occur; if stress is one of the main causes of your headaches then limit socializing with coworkers while they occur. Some people also find relief by keeping cool liquids nearby in case their head starts feeling hot because this temperature change can help relieve some of their symptoms quickly

If a migraine hits at work be prepared for it and handle it as best you can.

You can’t control when a migraine will strike, but you can be prepared for it. Migraines are unpredictable and sometimes debilitating. So have a plan in place at work to help you get through your day when one hits.

When you do have a migraine attack at work, try to keep yourself as comfortable as possible and focus on your job until the symptoms pass. This can be hard because migraines are painful and make it difficult to concentrate on anything other than taking care of yourself. It’s important that you don’t put yourself or others in danger by trying to go out driving during an attack or staying on the job when there is no way for you to get through the day safely (like if your vision gets blurred).


No matter where you are, a headache can be a terrible thing. But when it hits at work, it can make your day go from bad to worse. Don’t worry though – we’ve got some tips for you to help handle migraines at work like a pro!