What coping strategies do you use when visiting family over the holidays?

What coping strategies do you use when visiting family over the holidays? Today I have a family get together but with migraine medication I took not sure if migraine will improve or get worse. Don’t want to have to deal with lots of people, chatter, music etc and I have no appetite. What do you do in these situations? I feel bad if i don’t attend but at the same time i don’t want to feel miserable being there either.


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  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi @pennych, This is a very difficult time of the year? How did you manage these last few days? I realize we are closing out the holiday week, but I still wanted to share this resource as you might find it has some helpful information on managing migraine through the holidays. https://migraine.com/spotlight/managing-through-holidays/ Any big plans for the weekend? Wishing you many more “good” days in the new year! Thanks for reaching out & we are always here to listen.

  • pennych author
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Joanna, I ended up going to to the Christmas dinner and my migraine did not get any worse after taking the medication. With migraines or maybe my personality in general, I am often hesitant to attend events when I feel trapped and do not have a means of transport to get home on my own. As this Christmas dinner i was dependent on my spouse to drive us there and back so that is one of the reasons for me not wanting to go…the get together usually is more than 5 hrs long.
    With my immediate family due to family dynamics which I find stressful ( stress causes stomach upset and more migraines ) I decided that my spouse and i will visit my parents without other family members being there. This is my coping strategy this year.

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