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7 Ways to Avoid a Migraine Meltdown During the Holidays

Tis the season for family, friends, parties and gifts. Unfortunately it’s also a time when people get sidelined with a migraine. The stress and expectation of the holidays can trigger painful migraine and headache episodes. The signals may vary, but the end result is always the same: Dreadful pain.

Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy the upcoming holidays with friends and family without a migraine. Recognizing your triggers can help to prevent or reduce the attacks.

Here are 7 ways to avoid a migraine as we head into the holiday season..

1. Know Your Limitations

Preparing for the Thanksgiving meal always involves a to-do list. It’s time to set your own limits. This is where you learn to say no. Saying no will give you more time to enjoy the company. It also offers your family the pleasure of your company during Thanksgiving celebrations.

2. Take a Break

There’s always a crowd in close quarters and lots of conversations going on at the same time. The noises of the holidays can be stressful. It’s okay to take break for a moment. Go outside to catch your breath. Or simply head to the kitchen, relax, sit down and enjoy a sip of cool water.

3. Pick Where You Socialize

Lots of activities, people, food and expectations are all part of today’s holiday social events. Pay attention to your body responses. Avoid jaw clenching groups. The frustration of being afraid or angry can magnify your reactions. Monitor your time with friends and family with more awareness. Be selective with whom you spend your time. Choose friends who make you feel comfortable.

4. Buddy-Up

We all have that special friend. They can be a life saver during thanksgiving activities. Be willing to open up with them and do some emotional reconnaissance. Don’t allow others to take your seasonal joy away.

5. Self-Treatment Precautions

Don’t self-treat with over-the-counter medications, especially over the holidays. The wrong migraine treatment can actually make the condition worse! Instead, make yourself a priority by seeking professional migraine treatment at Pasadena Pain Management.

6. Foods

Changes in your consumption habits can activate a migraine. Fluctuating blood sugar levels or coffee habits have physical affects to your body’s behavior. Behavior changes can cause your body to have a withdrawal response. For example – having coffee early in the morning during the week and later on the weekends is a behavioral change.

7. Enjoy Your Favorite Music

Listen to music. What better time than the holidays to enjoy the merriment, unwind and relax. Music helps to regulate your breathing patterns. Find a quite location before the Thanksgiving event. Get comfortable and enjoy the calm.


If you’ve experienced a migraine and have questions, Pasadena Pain Management can help. Please call the office and speak to one of our staff. Severe pain lasting for many hours needs the care of a professional.

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Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta® treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.