Say bye to your holiday headaches. This is the time to be jolly and full of good cheer!
For many migarineurs, holiday season can be a big nightmare. This is the time when you smell scented candles and see amazing Christmas lights everywhere. They can trigger stress-related pain, cluster headaches, and days of unending agony.
I’m listing most common holiday headache triggers and how to handle them.
What to try: Some stress-rleated traits, including rigidity, reserve, and obsessivity can sometimes make a person headache-prone.
If you feel you’re among them, then your holidays will only make your condition worse!
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What to try: The easiest way to avoid these headaches and queasiness the morning after is to stay away from alcohol entirely, or drink in moderation.
But with seasonal celebrations going on everywhere, it’s so easy to overindulge.
Try to alternate drink with some water or other nonalcoholic beverages. This will help you slow down and stay hydrated.
Trigger: Pine scents
What to try: Simply avoid it! Some seasonal scents including cinnamon and pine are big headache triggers for many, and this makes common spaces (churches, offices) a challenge.
Trigger: Holiday foods
What to try: Many foods are famous headache triggers for some-and for others (especially the ones rich in magnesium) seem to prevent headaches.
You should avoid beer, red wine, chocolate, MSG, sauerkraut, aged cheese, salami, and processed meats like ham, and pepperoni. Try to eat more tofu, spinach, fish oil, barley, oat bran, white beans, olive oil, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
What to try: Moderation is key. A little tea, coffee, or cocoa can actually help headaches, but too much of their load can trigger them.
Triggers: Holiday lights
What to try: If you get frequent migraines, you’re definitely more prone to light than other people. So try to avoid staring at a snow glare or a Christmas tree to for too long!
Trigger: Relaxing at home
What to try: While being off work can be relaxing for you. It can sometimes trigger headaches when you take brak from your routine, says Dunio Mauskop, MD, director and founder of New York Headache Center. He’s also co-authored a book What Your Doctor May Not Tell you About Migraines.
The best approach is to ease into the change by keeping your usual sleep time as normal as you can-you’ll feel more rested than if you try to stay in your bed until noon.
Trigger: Perfume samples
What to try: Many people love perfumes, but form some it’s a big migraine trigger. Try to avoid all beauty counters in malls and department stores if you can.
What to try: Are you flying these holidays? This can aggravate your sinuses.
If you suffer from frequent sinus infections or feel congested, but you’ve to take your flight, use organic decongestant nasal spray or drops before takeoff because this will keep your sinuses clear.