The Migraine Gift Guide: 5 Great Ideas Just in Time for the Holidays
Pain Relief as a Present
Among the many things that make the holiday season special, there’s no doubt that there’s a great deal of joy in giving gifts. Figuring out what to get for your loved ones—as well as what to add to your own wish list—can get trickier. This is especially the case if you’re shopping for someone with migraine or are thinking about what you’d like on your wish-list as a migraineur. While a new sweater might be nice, you really do have an opportunity to get something that can provide real comfort and help with the condition.
So what are some good ideas for your gift or wish list? Here are five great choices:
1. Fitness/Sleep Tracker
It’s well-established that keeping up a fitness regimen and getting good quality sleep helps reduce frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. Fitness and sleep trackers, often wearables like the FitBit, do great work in providing accountability while also measuring important aspects like how many steps you’ve taken, distance travelled, heart rate, as well as sleep quantity and quality. These can be tools for migraineurs to further take on their condition.
2. Headache Journal
As any doctor or seasoned migraineur can tell you, logging and tracking attacks as well as triggers can be very helpful in the management of the condition. With such information, sufferers will have a better sense of what factors are involved in onset so that they can avoid them. They’ll also be able to come to doctors with more exact information. A nice journal or diary could be an excellent stocking stuffer!
3. Therapeutic Sunglasses
Whether it’s glare from computer screens, flashing or blinking, or too much direct sun, light stimulation is often a significant trigger. Sunglasses, then, can be more than just a fashion statement for sufferers. In a pinch, good quality wrap arounds could do the trick, though brands like TheraSpecs do create glasses specifically designed to block out harmful rays. It’s rare when fashion and medicine go hand in hand, but that’s certainly the case with these.
4. Comfortable PJs
Self-care and de-stressing can help prevent attacks, and, of course, in the middle of headache, people may need to take a moment relax comfortably. Cozy pajamas and slippers, then, may be a great gift for a migraineur as they can help ease and prevent the worst symptoms. Of course, there are many styles to choose from—so you can have some fun there—but there’s no doubt this will be a welcome addition.
5. Neck & Shoulder Wrap
It’s important to remember that migraine is more than just headache; many other symptoms can arise, including pain and tension in the neck and shoulders. This is where a good neck and shoulder wrap—soft, weighted, and with the ability to be heated up within only a minute in the microwave—can be a great gift. It allows users to ease strain in these areas to provide relaxing and effective relief. In many cases, these can be infused with relaxing, aromatic herbs for a more comforting experience.
A Holiday of Helping
While there’s nothing wrong with getting “funner” things, for a sufferer, there’s little more lasting and impactful than gift of comfort and relief. Migraine management is a multi-faceted affair; not only does it take effort on the part of the migraineur and their doctors, it requires support from family and friends. Like with any health issue, if there’s a solid community of caring individuals working together, positive outcomes will come. For the sake of the migraineur in your life—or if you are yourself a sufferer—let this holiday season be the one in which you play your part.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic migraine—that is, 15 or more attacks a month—the team at Migraine Treatment Centers of America can help. Employing the groundbreaking Omega Procedure, they’ve helped countless sufferers find effective management and relief from the condition. Learn more about what they do at these Texas and Tennessee-based outpatient clinics by calling 469-638-0207 today!