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coping with migraines during the holidays

Coping With Migraines During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a real challenge for people who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines.  Crowded stores, travel delays, stress, entertaining — all are potential migraine triggers.

Even if you don’t get the debilitating headaches, there’s a good chance you have loved ones who do. Nearly one in four U.S. households includes someone afflicted with migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

Thankfully, coping with migraines during the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. It is critical, however, to be prepared. Identify and avoid your migraine triggers, like:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Changes in sleep patterns.
  • Certain foods and smells

Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule

Too much, too little, poor quality, or disrupted sleep are also very common migraine and headache triggers. Experts recommend setting times to go to bed and get up. Stick to those times, even on weekends and holidays and during vacation.

Don’t Neglect Your Headache/Migraine Diary

Don’t be tempted to ignore your headache or migraine diary during holidays. You may have some different triggers during such times, and it would be beneficial to identify them. Remember that you may encounter a trigger up to 48 hours before a migraine begins.

Wear Sunglasses

This is especially important for us here in Southern California. Optical-grade lenses don’t have the distortion that some inexpensive lenses have. Polarization is essential for cutting glare. Sunglasses are not just for summer sun. Wear them indoors and out, whenever the light is bothersome.

Plan Ahead

Make lists, delegate, plan ahead! Delegate where you can – split up what needs to be done and engage everyone’s help.

Let it Go and Enjoy!

So what if the turkey is a little over-cooked, or if the gifts aren’t perfectly wrapped. These aren’t things to worry about. Our loved ones are more interested in us than the house, gifts, or a turkey. Don’t let little things bother you. Stress can trigger tension headaches and be an aggravator to migraine triggers. We have to learn to prioritize and do what we’re able to do realistically.

So, try to relax this holiday season and it just may be pain free!

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