Caregivers who have migraines may be surprised to find that they start experiencing them more often. The reasons for this can range from paying less attention to your own health and well-being to experiencing far more stress than usual. Having a solid plan and backup homecare for your loved one in place can help you manage your migraines and you can feel much better.
Know Your Triggers
Almost everyone who is prone to migraines experiences them as a result of specific triggers. Yours might be to sound, light, certain foods, lack of sleep, or even smells. The more that you know about your own triggers, the more you’ll be able to avoid those triggers and therefore a migraine. Some triggers aren’t avoidable, however, such as excessive stress. But you can set up your life to help minimize those triggers.
Keep up with Your Treatment Plan
Your migraine treatment plan is something that you can work out with your doctor. It’s a combination of trigger avoidance, migraine management, and pain management that allows you to have a set of options when a migraine strikes. If you don’t already have a treatment plan for your migraines, you and your doctor need to work one out.
Practice Self-care Regularly
Self-care is your absolute best partner in dealing with your migraines. Many family caregivers worry that prioritizing their own care means that they are being selfish and they’re neglecting their elderly loved one. In reality, if you’re not caring for yourself, caring for your elderly loved one becomes infinitely more difficult. You have to practice self-care if you want to be an effective caregiver.
Don’t Try to Soldier through if You Don’t Have To
When a migraine does strike, do you try to soldier through? Often that can be more draining. Have a backup plan. Know who you can call when a migraine strikes, whether that’s a family member who can take over or an elder homecare provider who can step in. Regardless, having a backup plan allows you to take care of yourself and still make sure that your loved one is in good hands.
Your own health problems, particularly migraines, don’t go away simply because you’re caring for your elderly loved one.
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I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.
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