I love the holiday season, the spirit of love and giving. Yet, the holidays also can be a minefield of activities, expectations, and stress that are truly triggers for migraines.
I’m going to keep this brief as I share a few tips that I find helpful.
- Get enough sleep. If you have long days, late nights, extra activities, be sure to sandwich these times between nights that you sleep well.
- Be prepared. Bring your treatments with you everywhere if you are traveling or even staying home, be sure you are stocked up.
- Know your limits. Travel, stress, parties can be a pressure cooker with all the noise, activities, smells, rich foods, and responsibilities. Take time outs.
- Have a backup plan. If you are responsible for dessert, plan an option that you buy the treat instead of making your favorite treat.
- Respond with confidence and be proactive. For me, that includes avoiding cigarette smoke and intense fragrances.
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