The holiday season is a challenge for everyone, with too few hours in the day and no let-up in everyday demands and commitments. Add on the frenzy of gift buying, food and drink shopping, event organization and the expectation that you WILL have a good time, and migraine sufferers often feel extra pressure and apprehension.
But you need to take care of yourself — especially as the holiday season ends, and New Year’s approaches.
Practical Tips for a Migraine-Free New Year’s Eve
Tip #1 – Stay Hydrated
This is especially important if you’re drinking more alcohol than normal. Alternating alcoholic beverages with a glass of water really helps you avoid over-indulgence. Remember that certain drinks are more likely to trigger migraine, such as red wine, whiskey, or champagne.
Tip #2 – Avoid Food Triggers
Good food and tempting morsels are part of the problem during celebrations. It’s all too easy to nibble a bit too much chocolate, over-indulge in nice cheese or snack on cured meats and other common migraine triggers. It’s the tyramine that forms in mature protein foods that does the damage, but another potential hazard is cold foods such as ice cream or frozen drinks. Those triggers affect up to 80% of migraine sufferers.
Tip #3 – Avoidance Strategies
If you feel an attack starting, drink plenty of water and, if handy, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If possible, find somewhere quiet and dark to lie down for half an hour to give the medication time to kick in.
And finally, be kind to yourself. Don’t deny yourself all celebrations just in case a migraine starts, but instead, take things gently, monitor your feelings, and take abortive action if it’s called for.
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