Long Day

We spent the day celebrating my daughter’s thirteenth birthday. It was a great day, filled from beginning to end with family time.

So how does one cope with a day that starts early and ends late; a day that is non-stop?

  • First, eat well and stay hydrated. Meeting your body’s basic needs is step one in avoiding a massive headache.
  • Second, Ask for help. I’m usually the kind who sees what needs to be done and gets to work on it, at least when it comes to planning a family picnic. Even without headaches, in a family of 8 one person can’t handle everything. I’m always having to remind myself to delegate. Else wise,  my excellent husband comes to the rescue and tells me to stop and let him and the girls take care of it.
  • When it gets to be too much, take a short break. How do you do this in a van full of people? Close your eyes, lean back on the headrest, and try not to look miserable. Two reasons: briefly taking yourself out of the action quiets you down from the inside out; trying to stay positive and smile actually helps you feel better. Stress makes headaches worse. Take a moment to de-stress.
  • When you get back home, but it’s too early for bed, take a 30 minute nap. Or, if getting up after 30 minutes of sleep is impossible, take 30 minutes to sit quietly in the dark. Listen to calm music, pet a cat, whatever relaxes you.
  • Repeat God’s name, or a memorized prayer. Or if you are non-religious a self-affirming mantra.
  • Keep pushing through.
  • You can always rest tomorrow!

That being said, I don’t suffer as badly as some others I know of. I don’t usually have nausea or dizziness. I can manage my light and sound sensitivity with sunglasses and frequent pleas for calm. There are days when this list just can’t be accomplished. On those days: Pray for sleep and to wake with less pain and more wisdom.

Headache Diary

Keeping a headache diary is one of the best ways to track headaches. Depending on how in depth you get with your entries, you can learn a lot about what triggers your pain and what helps treat it. I know you can find a few different downloadable headache diaries online, but there is no one diary for everyone.

I needed something quick but detailed for my daughter, who is only 13, to use. She has been having frequent headaches, but it can be difficult to get a teenager to take time away from her busy schedule to fill in a diary. This one I just made for her is small, quick (with circle the best choice answers), and detailed enough for her.

I’m posting it here because it is unique among headache diaries and I thought we could all use another choice.

Visual Headache Diary

This diary has the visual pain scale printed daily to help with rating pain. It also has line drawings of the brain (top, left, and right) that can be shaded or colored to indicate where the pain is located. That’s why I call it the visual headache diary. If you like it, pass it on, just kindly attribute it to this blog.