Take a Holiday from Headaches

First – have any of you been using the My Migraine Triggers app? I’ve still been tracking, keeping it up with this year, and I’ve barely had any migraines! There have been a few bad headaches, but nothing like my normal migraines. Tracking things like food, drinks, and activity has definitely helped me figure out some things that could trigger migraines or make them hang around longer. I’m loving it!


Like me, I’m sure you all look forward to the sights, smells, foods, drinks, and holiday spirit this time of year. But sometimes the things we love the most about the holidays could trigger headaches or migraines. That’s why the makers of Excedrin® Migraine are inviting you to “Take a Holiday from Headaches” by following these simple steps, thanks to Dr. Keri Peterson, M.D.:

To help avoid your triggers:

  • Stick to your regular routine as much as possible. Eating, sleeping and exercising as you do the rest of the year can help reduce the chances of getting a migraine.
  • Manage your time and plan ahead. Coordinate plans and responsibilities in advance with relatives and friends, set menus when hosting a party, and try to get your shopping done early so you’re not rushing at the last minute.
  • Stay in ventilated spaces. As you browse through the mall, watch out for those scented candles or perfume if you are sensitive to smells.
  • Eat and drink in moderation. Definitely eat, drink, and be merry, but try not to consume sweets or alcoholic beverages (or anything, really) in excess, since they can trigger migraines.

Holiday time can also mean lots of traveling (that’s a constant for us – we’re always on the road), so be sure to carry Excedrin® Migraine with you when you’re on the go for fast relief if one hits while you’re in the car or airport.

To help make sure you’re prepared for the holiday season, I’ve got two$100 AmEx gift cards to give away!

To enter the giveaway:

– Tell me your favorite thing about the holiday season. Cookies? The lights? Caroling in the snow? I want to know!

For extra entries:

– Tell me something about the holiday season that causes you stress, and possibly headaches

– Like Excedrin on Facebook and let me know you did

– Like BranAppetit on Facebook and let me know you did

– Tweet about the giveaway and let me know you did

FB link: http://on.fb.me/1b2G7OB

BONUS! With all of the stress that can come with the holidays, the makers of Excedrin® are hoping to help alleviate some! Visit Facebook.com/Excedrin 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.


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.


  1. Hmm, favorite thing about the holidays…definitely cookies! I love sampling all the different cookie recipes people come up with! Yummy. Holiday stress caused by time constraints causes me the worst headaches. There just never seems to be enough time to do everything that needs to be done.

    (I’ve liked both pages & shared the contest on twitter!)

  2. Cliche, but I really love seeing my family at Christmas. We’re scattered all over the country, so time together is so precious!

  3. Shopping for Christmas gifts totally stresses me out! And those overcrowded stores can definitely give me a headache!

  4. My favorite thing about the holidays is seeing my family, and eating delicious holiday foods!

  5. Holiday travel stresses me out! I am always worried that a snow storm will stop us from getting to our families!

  6. I liked Excedrin on Facebook.

  7. I liked Bran Appetit on Facebook.

  8. My favorite thing about the holidays is watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music!

  9. Christmas shopping can be stressful!

  10. my fav thing is christmas baking!

  11. buying presents stresses me out

  12. I liked BranAppetit on Facebook

  13. My favorite thing about the holidays… the festivities! I love getting together with friends you might not see that often, and family who might live far away.

  14. One thing that causes me stress over the holidays is pushing myself to the limit. Working a job that is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year, there are no holidays or even weekends sometimes, so trying to squeeze in work, play, parenting, and everything else causes a little more stress than I’d like to have.

  15. My favorite thing is hanging a stocking for Jesus with a birthday letter to Him with all of my thank yous, failings, hopes, etc. It’s fun to read it the following year to see how things have come to pass.

  16. Overall, I just hate the madness of the shopping, especially now that it’s even on Thanksgiving. I shop throughout the year so that I’m not forced to shop in the chaos.

  17. My favorite thing about the holidays is baking cookies with my family!

  18. I like Excedrin on Facebook!

  19. My favorite thing about the holiday is spending time with family and indulging in good food.

  20. Cookies, pies and family get-together fun.

  21. Traffic and crowds stress me out.

  22. Like Excedrin on Facebook

  23. Like BranAppetit on Facebook

  24. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/410890945920389120

  25. My favorite thing is Christmas decorations

  26. crowds in the stores stress me out

  27. I like BranAppetit on Facebook as Elena Istomina

  28. I like Excedrin on Facebook as Elena Istomina

  29. My favorite thing is all of the good food. I love the sweets and the good home cooking!

  30. I get stressed shopping for gifts and trying to make everyone happy.

  31. I like Excedrin on facebook.

  32. i love the decorations and to decorate.
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  33. what stresses me is christmas shopping; i never know what to buy anyone.
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  34. I love shopping for gifts. Something about finding the perfect present that you know will make someone smile.


  35. Planning. I host my family and do all of the cooking on Christmas Day. I’m usually cooking the entire 3 days before :(


  36. I like Excedrin on Facebook as Holly Storm-Burge

  37. I love sharing delicious food!

  38. I like you on FB

  39. i just love all of the quality family time! (which sometimes requires Excedrin Migraine LOL)

  40. I like Bran Appetit on FB!

  41. I like Excedrin on FB!

  42. All the family fun and the noise that comes with it requires Excedrin.

  43. Already a Bran Appetit fan on FB

  44. I liked Excedrin on FB

  45. I am a fan of Bran Appetit…not headaches.

  46. My favorite thing about the holidays is time with family. I also love all of the delicious sweets and goodies.

  47. Sometimes shopping for the perfect gifts stresses me out. I always want to give really nice gifts but my budget doesn’t allow me to, so I have to be super creative.

  48. I like Excedrin on Facebook

  49. I like BranAppetit on Facebook.

  50. My favorite thing about the holiday season is to spread the love and be a blessing to others.

  51. What causes me stress is the Gift shopping, the stores tend to get crowded around this time and I don’t like it when I have to wait 30 min in line to checkout which is why I rather do my shopping online and avoid the headaches

  52. I like you on Facebook as Leidy Ruiz

  53. Something that causes stress & headaches is the financial worries Christmas brings. Christmas is expensive!

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