It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For most – this season embodies gratefulness, family time, sweet memories, and joyful moments! The season of pumpkin spice latte, apple cider and retail sales you can’t beat – is often unsettling to the approximately 45 million Americans suffering from disabling Migraines. Preparing for celebrations filled with sweets, red wine, and aged cheese can be extremely daunting for Migraine or headache sufferers. Excess stress from hectic shopping, changes in barometric pressure (when traveling) and indulging in processed meats can all be triggering to these patients.While others are snapping selfies or under the mistletoe. Migraine sufferers may be experiencing excruciating/throbbing head pain. Associated with nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity. These attacks can be especially overwhelming and discouraging.
Here are a few tips to help prevent a potential episode during this holiday season.
1. Drink plenty of water:
STAY HYDRATED, STAY HYDRATED. During your busy schedule try to drink at least 4-6 ( 8oz) glasses of water per day.
2. Get adequate rest.
Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule – even during the holidays. Aim for at least 6-8hrs of sleep per night.
3. Reduce Stress by planning ahead and staying organized.
Try your best to reduce prolonged screen time while online shopping. Additionally, refrain from last minute/ hectic shopping.
4. Avoid Migraine Triggers
5.have a Migraine Toolbox
Ensure that you have an adequate supply of preventive and abortive migraine therapies.
Happy Holidays to you all!