Getting a Migraine attack during the holidays can put a damper on the fun by forcing our loved ones into dark, quiet rooms, far from the party. Since one in four households is affected by Migraine, there’s a good chance our holiday plans will include at least one person with Migraine. Accommodating Migraine during the holidays will help all our loved ones enjoy the day.
“It’s the thought that counts,” is a popular holiday sentiment. When planning for holiday entertainment, it’s important to consider the needs of all our guests. As a thoughtful holiday party host, the guest list may include people living with Migraine disease. Like diabetes, heart disease, or asthma, Migraine requires medical treatment and some significant lifestyle changes. We all make accommodations for loved ones with special needs. This year, let’s all do the same for our loved ones with Migraine.
- Anything perfumed
- Most boxes or tins of non-perishable snacks
- Anything with flashing lights
- Flashing lights
- Repetitive noises
- Scented pine cones
- Floral bouquets
- Scented candles
Food can be a Migraine minefield. Each of us has problems with different combinations. Serve all the favorites and include some Migraine-friendly options, too. Here are some possible trigger foods:
- Red wine
- Flavored popcorn tins
- Meat & cheese boxes
- Gourmet food gift baskets
- Soups or sauces containing MSG (most canned soups have it)
- Most Chinese food
- Smoked sausages
- Flavored dips
- Cheese balls
Extra tips for the Migraine-aware host
- Offer alcohol-free, caffeine-free beverages. Ice water is great!
- Offer the use of a quiet bedroom where guests with Migraine can retreat if needed.
- Offer use of your freezer for their ice packs or have some on hand for their use.
- Don’t let guests drive with a Migraine attack. Let them sleep it off, call them a cab, or offer to drive them home.
Accommodating Migraine during the holidays is a beautiful gift. These thoughtful efforts will be greatly appreciated by loved ones with Migraine.