Holiday Stress & Headaches
With high levels of stress and routines out of whack, the holidays can be a painful time for people with headache. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of tips on how to cope with holiday stress. Here are some that caught my eye.
- GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of the migraine abortive Imitrex, has some headache-specific recommendations, including and sticking to your normal sleep schedule.
- Mayo Clinic looks at the trigger points of stress and offers coping strategies.
- With articles entitled Beating Holiday Stress and Beat Holiday Stress, WebMD attempts to whip stress into submission.
- The University of New Hampshire has suggestions targeted toward college students.
If all else fails, consider my favorite remedy: Close all the windows and doors and scream at the top of your lungs (for some reason, this always works best in a car). Follow it up with a lovely latte or hot chocolate — or, if your screaming session is prolonged, treat your throat with hot tea and honey. You’ll get out your frustration and the warm drink provides some self-nurturing.