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5 Tips for Happy Holidays Despite Migraines

Staying positive throughout the holiday season can be difficult when you have Migraines. Here are some of the ways I use to help me keep a positive upbeat outlook when the holiday season hits…

  • Make lists. Lots of detailed lists. The more things I can physically mark off a list, the more I can visually see I’ve accomplished. Knowing I have accomplished things keeps me looking forward and away from worrying about the things I’ve yet to complete.
  • Give myself plenty of time. I start early and pace myself. This gives time for me to crash with Migraine attacks when needed and not get behind, which is vital to me having a relaxed holiday. The lists I’ve made help with pacing.
  • Delegate and ask for help. I have a family and good friends. They know I can’t do all the things I used to be able to do, so I have learned that it’s okay to ask for help. Sometimes this means asking for others to accomplish an entire task, and sometimes it means that I just need a little help to get the task done myself. The great thing is that most of them actually want to be helpful, they don’t want to interfere and are conscious that it might make me feel bad when I can’t do things on my own. They don’t know what to do until I ask them. When they help out, it makes them feel good too — a definite plus.
  • Keep things simple. It is not exorbitant decorations my family remembers. They remember the togetherness of the act of getting ready for the holidays. We make carmel together, decorate cookies, wrap packages, all together in some form or fashion. It’s the experiences that create amazing lifelong memories and a feeling of home, not “stuff”. More things do not equal more love. More time together does.
  • One on one time with family members and friends. I try to take a little time out to spend with those I love, one on one. It might not be anything super special. Sometimes it’s just a conversation on the couch in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa. Sometimes I’m in bed in my jammies and we just talk. It’s easy to lose touch with those we love throughout the busy year. Holidays are a great time to re-connect and remember our blessings.

These are just a few of the ways I’ve learned help me keep my positive attitude during stressful times like holidays. What do you do that might help others enjoy the next couple of months?

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