Those of us with migraine are well aware of how much migraine can impact the holidays. There’s a big “but” that goes with that statement — but we can do a great deal to mitigate the negative impact of migraine during the holidays.
It can be difficult to let go of wanting everything to be perfect. We want to be sure we’ve purchased the perfect gifts for everyone and have them beautifully wrapped. We push ourselves to decorate our homes to perfection, cook everyone’s favorite foods, and so on. There’s a “but” here too — but we often do these things at the expense of our own self-care.
This is where we need to ask ourselves what’s really important, things or people? My husband and children told me years ago that they’d rather have things be less perfect and have me feeling well enough to enjoy the holidays with them. They’d rather have fewer or no decorations and either eat out or order pizza than have me overdo it and end up in bed with a migraine. What they’ve said goes right along with what Desperate Housewives actress Marcia Cross told me during an interview:
“… that’s the time of year when everybody stresses. Needlessly, I might add, because it’s really not the point of the holiday. You know, if you don’t have the perfect present or if the turkey’s a little overcooked… Your family wants you, and what good are you with a Migraine?”
We have quite a few pieces of content here that offer suggestions, tips, and thoughts about truly enjoying the holidays, despite migraine. Here’s a round-up of links to them:
- Migraine and Headache — 10 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays
- Untangling Holiday Chaos — Holiday Migraine Tips
- 20 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays Despite Migraines
- Marcia Cross on Navigating Holiday Parties with Migraines
Do you have tips that could help the rest of us enjoy the holidays more? If so, please post a comment below, and share them with us!
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.