Christmas – migraine

Christmas – migraine

If you suffer from migraine headaches then the Christmas and New Year period can often see them strike. They’re never welcome at any time, but this time of year can see them ruin preparations and long-held plans – so how to minimise the chance of a migraine headache?
The most obvious cause at this time of year is the food and drink on offer, where certain ones can be triggers for some people. If you think about the times you might eat chocolate, nuts, cheese, processed meat, fizzy drinks or red wine throughout the holiday you’ll see how these triggers increase. Add in caffeine, and the hidden salt and sugar in food, and the importance of looking after yourself is obvious.

This doesn’t mean simply policing everything you eat. You’ll cope much better with potential trigger foods for migraine headaches if you are properly hydrated, haven’t overeaten, and haven’t been skipping meals either.

And there are other triggers outside of food as well. Long distance travel, family tensions, perfumes and room fragrances, and bright and changing lights can all trigger a migraine headache. These can be much harder to avoid than foods, and the key here is to remain as relaxed as you can be. This will only be possible if you give yourself a fair chance – so make sure that you get enough sleep, that you get it consistently, and just as importantly that you make time for yourself