Migraines, sadly, can attack at the most inconvenient times for parents – when you are in the thick of household chores, in the middle of a parents-teachers meeting, and in the midst of birthday party preparations, for example. Juggling parenting responsibilities can be more difficult, to say the least, because the symptoms of migraine including the severe headache, nausea, and sensitivity to light and noise are debilitating.
Fortunately, you can still be a good parent even with migraine! The key is in the effective management of your symptoms, in your effective preparation, and in your positive approach toward your condition.
Prepare For Your Day
Many migraine sufferers are able to adopt effective management of their condition by preparing for their day. By planning your day, you are more likely to lessen the frequency, intensity and duration of your symptoms, thus, providing for more opportunities to enjoy your role as a parent.
Indeed, planning can be the difference between enjoying your day with your kids or staying in bed while fighting off your migraine attack.
Identify and Avoid Your Triggers
Each migraine sufferer has a set of triggers that precipitate and/or worsen attacks – you have yours, too. The trick is in identifying and avoiding your set of triggers so that you can lessen the frequency of your attacks.
Are you unsure about your unique set of triggers? Keep a headache diary! You must record the onset, pain level, and possible triggers as well as the duration of your migraine attacks. Your meticulous record should also include factors that worsen the severity of your symptoms like lack of sleep, menstruation cycle, and changes in weather, among others.
Talk to Your Family
Your support system is as important as your pain medications, too. Talk to your family especially your kids about your migraine, discuss with them about your symptoms and the ways that they can help, and calm their fears about your condition.
In the end, you have the responsibility of taking matters into your hands, so to speak, instead of letting migraine take the better of you and your family.