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HeadWay Issue #197 Your Tips for 2021...
January 21, 2021

In this issue:

Your Tips for 2021

The Book Winner!

Say what?! "IU"

Your Tips for 2021

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to share your tips! I know it was a busy time of year for many of you.

I won't take the space here to share all of your tips, but here are a few of the best ones:

My Best Tip for Fighting Migraine and Headache from 2020:

Cindy writes: My tip is to keep trying everything you can until something works. I know you get tired of trying and failing. So take a break, and move on. I am on year 48 of migraines. I tried so many things, preventatives, acupuncture, herbs, gadgets, drinking more water, my Dr. has been saying I should see an ENT for years, but I was tired. Finally I had one too many sinus infections and had to go. He told me I needed sinus surgery. I agonized over what to do, but finally gave in. It was a rough recovery with an increase in head pain for weeks. But gradually I was using less and less triptans. I have gone from every other day to once a week or so. Just keep trying. Your relief is out there.
Marisa writes: I find it extremely helpful to keep a trigger diary whether it is food, weather, scents, noises, stress etc. and avoid them if possible. Meanwhile have a routine with exercise everyday to get those endorphins flowing.
Robin writes: Because of all the stress I have been feeling, I have discovered that I need to destress in a big way. I have found that prayer and playing worship music (and singing along!) have been the single biggest factor in helping me with stress. Laying my burdens before the God of the Universe is freeing!

My Best Tip for Connecting with other People from 2020:

Marisa writes: I have found support groups helpful. However, it would be nice to have a friend site to just connect and talk happy thoughts.
Sally Anne writes: I am trying to stay more connected with people digitally. I am texting with friends a lot. I am setting up more Zoom calls. I also am trying to engage more with friends' social media. If they have a fun post, I will follow-up with them about it.
Robin writes: Pick up the phone and call someone that you are thinking about! Wondering how they are doing? Give them a call!

My Best Tip for Helping Someone Else from 2020:

Sally Anne writes: My best tip is to be a good listener. A lot of people are having trouble this year, and largely, the only thing we can do is just listen to their fears.

I should also mention that there were quite a few more tips for specific techniques and products. I won't include all those quotes, but people mentioned Josh Turknett and his books and resources (thanks Julia), exercise, deep breathing, vitamin D supplements (thanks Erika), Botox, Angela A. Stanton and her book and resources (thanks Jan), and Emgality (thanks Glenn).

The Book Winner!

Everyone who shared their tips was entered to win one of the three books in our last newsletter (their choice) - The Dizzy Cook, Keto for Migraine, or The Healthy Brain Book.

The winner was chosen from all entries using random,org. And the winner is...
Sally Anne from the USA!

Congratulations! I hope you find your book useful.

Say what?! "IU"

One of the tips, as mentioned above, was a vitamin D supplement. Of course, we've talked a lot about the importance of getting vitamin D from sunlight, or food sources such as eggs, but supplements are useful for some people.

Vitamin D is mentioned in "IU" - what is that?

"UI" simply stands for international units. UI is used for other substances as well, and you might have seen it in other vitamins or insulin.

The actual measurement of UI varies depending on what is being measured. For vitamin D, 40 UI is 1 microgram.

Daily recommendations for vitamin D vary by country, but are typically around 400-600 IU per day, with no more than 4000 UI when taking supplements under normal circumstances.

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