Friday, December 13, 2013

Take a Holiday from your Headaches! ($100 American Express Giveaway!)

Well the countdown is officially here!  It is twelve days until Christmas Eve and although I do indeed feel that this is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also become the most stressful if you aren't careful!  We all look forward to the sights, smells, foods, beverages and merriment associated with the holiday season. However, sometimes the things we love the most about the holidays could trigger migraines.  With all the indulgent foods and drinks, shopping for the perfect gifts, tons of parties to attend, and often times less sleep then usual migraine triggers are at an all-time high. 

That’s why the makers of Excedrin® Migraine invite you to “Take a Holiday from Headaches” by following these simple steps, provided by Dr. Keri Peterson, M.D. to help avoid your triggers:

  •   Stick to your regular routine. Eating, sleeping and exercising as you do the rest of the year can help reduce the chances of getting a headache/migraine. *
  •   Manage your time and plan ahead. Coordinate plans and responsibilities in advance with relatives and friends, compose set menus when hosting a party and try to purchase gifts early so you’re not rushing at the last minute.*  I am pleased to say I am almost finished with my shopping- finding the perfect gift can sure be stressful if left to crunch time! 
  •   Stay in ventilated spaces. As you browse through the mall, watch out for those scented candles or perfume if you are sensitive to smells.**  Some perfumes and MANY colognes are a huge trigger for me.  I will never forget the Stars on Ice event I went to where the man in front of me was so over loaded with cologne I could hardly breathe.  Instant migraine. 
  •    Eat and drink in moderation. Eat, drink, and be merry, but try not to consume sweets or alcoholic beverages in excess, as they could trigger migraines.**

Holiday time can also mean lots of traveling, so be sure to carry Excedrin® Migraine (or any of our other regular migraine/pain meds) with you when you’re on the go for fast relief should a headache or migraine strike. There is nothing worse then not being prepared when you are already feeling so darn bad!!

With all of the stress that can come with the holidays, the makers of Excedrin® are hoping to help alleviate some! Visit between November 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014 to enter the “Take a Holiday from Headaches” sweepstakes, where you’ll be eligible for a chance to win daily prizes including gift cards to popular retailers and one lucky grand prize of $25,000 to help with shopping, travel and other holiday expenses – all of which can give anyone a headache.

See official rules:


And to ease some of YOUR holiday stress, Excedrin is offering a $100 AmEx gift card to one of my readers. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Compensation has been provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own. I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, three giveaways were provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.

*Can be sourced to Cleveland Clinic
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Crystal @EatDrinkClev said...

Stress is my worst enemy! I get tight shoulders and then it spreads to my head then I have a migraine.

Laura Adkins said...

Bad air quality here in Utah. The inversion triggers my sinuses, which therefore triggers the migraines. Domino affect. =(

Mezzo said...

I get headaches worst of all when it's cold out and my ears get really cold. It sounds weird, but I'll have a headache all day if my ears get cold.

Juana R. said...

Missing too much sleep and bright lights equal migraine for me

Dornmama said...

Hormones are my worst enemy especially because I have no real control over them. I also have the usual stress triggers as well as the kids sometimes very loud and crazy play. It all just build up.

Mami2jcn said...

Stress and sleeplessness cause me headaches.

Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

Colleen Kessler said...

Lack of food {I always forget to eat...}, little sleep, and/or stress. :-) Thanks for the giveaway, Amie.

Katie Shaffer said...

Stress is my biggest trigger!

LaTanya Coleman said...

Very spicy food is my biggest trigger.

Lisa Brown said...

hormonal imbalances

Sabreena Eastman said...

Bright lights is a huge trigger. That and not enough sleep when mixed with stress.. Migraines are the worst! Thank you!

Holly S. said...

MSG. Nuff said.

Holly Storm-Burge

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