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Holiday Headaches — Stress and Pain Management Tips

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Holiday Headaches — Stress and Pain Management Tips

The tree has been lit, the gifts have been wrapped, and the house smells amazing. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unfortunately, it can also be incredibly stressful. Between school events, holiday parties, and family gatherings, you might find yourself battling a throbbing headache. Creating a memorable Christmas for my family means a lot to me, so I don’t have time to slow down. That’s why it’s so crucial to know exactly how to get my pain under control so I can keep going.

With four kids, it can be hard to find time for self-care, but when I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, I make it a priority. While my husband is a great partner, I know my household runs much smoother when I’m feeling my best. Whether it’s a restorative lunch date with a friend, a brisk walk around the block (bundled up, of course!), or even just a 15-minute coffee break, this “me time” can keep stress at bay and leave me feeling rejuvenated.

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Over the years, I’ve also learned the importance of setting healthy boundaries. Many of us struggle with wanting to be everything to everyone and, this time of year, the requests can really pile up. Before you know it, you may have more commitments than you can handle. It’s not easy to say no to people, and we all like to feel like superheroes, but sometimes you’ve got to hang up your cape.

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What You Should Know About Over The Counter Headache Medicine & Pain Management

No matter how hard I try, there are days when my life comes to a complete standstill because my head is pounding. In those moments, I’m grateful for effective over-the-counter pain relievers. With so many products on the market, though, it can be hard to know what to take.  Are gel caps more effective? Do I really need Extra Strength? Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen? You might be tempted to grab whatever seems best (or cheapest!) but, when it comes to your health, it’s better to make an informed decision.

KnowYourOTCs.org has come up with a great solution for busy moms on-the-go. In under two minutes, their new personalized pain reliever tool will consider any specific health circumstances, your lifestyle, and current medications before providing guidance on the best pain reliever for you. It’s almost like having your own personal pharmacist!

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Speak To a Medical Professional Before Taking Any Headache Medication

We tend to be more cautious when it comes to our children but, as parents, we need to take care of ourselves, too. Always be sure to read the Drug Facts label on anything you purchase to better assess the personal risk factors associated with the various OTC pain relievers. If in doubt, speak to a medical professional before taking any medication.

It’s true that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but while you’re working overtime to make sure your loved ones are filled with good cheer (and good food!), be sure to make time for yourself. Step away for a few moments when you need a break and set healthy boundaries to keep your stress levels under control. If you still find yourself battling a headache, take comfort in knowing that an OTC pain reliever can help. Again, don’t forget to read the labels and always use KnowYourOTCs.org’s personalized tool to find the relief that will help you have the holiday season you deserve!

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  1. Happy Holidays D- Thanks sharing your world

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