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When you have Chronic Migraine, the holiday season can be difficult to manuever. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy and activities to take part in. All of these things equals stress that can trigger migraines that can stop you in your tracks. There are things you can do to help you survive the holidays.
There is a misconception that stress comes from bad things and nothing could be further from the truth. Some of our most happy moments are stressful including weddings and having a baby. Not all stress is bad stress but that doesn’t mean that our bodies react to it in good ways. Unfortunately, my body reacts to stress by triggering migraines. Does that mean that all of my migraines are stress related? Absolutely not! Does admitting that some of my migraines are stress related lessen the severity of my health issues? Another HUGE NO!
What this does mean is that I have to manage my stress during times that there is more required of me. The holidays are one of those times because there is so much to do. Here are some easy ways that I survive the holidays.
5 Ways to Survive the Holidays
- Make a list – Santa is not the only person that needs to make a list around the holidays. Writing things down keeps me from letting my list roam around in my head. It makes my tasks manageable. There is also something very gratifying about marking things off as completed. Doing this also keeps things in perspective and it seems a lot less overwhelming when I can see it.
- Say No – Set your personal limits and stick to them. There are some things that are just not that important and those are the things to say bo to. This is also one that is hard for me because it makes me feel like I am letting people down. It is important to realize that it is unreasonable to think that you can do everything and get it all done well.
- Prioritize – Once you make your list, prioritize the list and set completion dates. A random list of items isn’t very helpful if it is not prioritized. The gifts all need to be wrapped before Christmas Eve so don’t push that ahead of something that needs to be done first. Taking the time to organize the list by priority will ease stress and allow you to get things done on time.
- Shop Online – Yes, shopping in stores during the holiday season is fun and I am not saying to give that up entirely. Shopping in stores is also time consuming and stressful. Do the bulk of your shopping online and leave the small things for the stores. It not only saves precious time but it can also save you money as well.
- Keep it Simple – Do you need to have the entire house decked out like Christmas exploded in your house? If not, what part of your usual decorating are you willing to give up? Keeping Christmas decor simple not only saves time before the season but it also makes the clean up easier. This year, I am only doing a tree and a wreath on the door. It will still be Christmas and the world will not come to an end…I promise!
The holiday season is supposed to be fun and sometimes we let the pressure and stress stop us from enjoying it. Not all stress is from bad things but it is how our bodies react to stress that we need to focus on. This post is all about managing the stress and finding ways to survive the holidays.