Dealing with the Christmas Chaos

Are you worried about migraines ruining your Christmas?  Dr. Pearson discusses mindfulness and how this technique might help you manage your migraines over the Christmas Period.

National Migraine Centre Wins ‘Best Website of the Year 2016’

Research Study- We Need Your Help!
Could mouth guards improve your quality of life?

Do your Christmas shopping online and raise funds for the National Migraine Centre at no cost to you!

Christmas Cards for sale
50p each or 6 for £2.50


By Dr. Jud Pearson

Christmas is almost upon us, and whilst it can be the most wonderful time of the year, many migraineurs dread the festive season.  The rushing around, late nights, and upset to the usual routine can all come together to trigger migraines, resulting in missed social engagements and the feeling of having let everybody down, and yet more rushing around in order to make up for lost time.

Whilst we all need a little stress to get out of bed in the morning, when stress builds up we tend to take less care of ourselves.  We reach for too many sugary snacks, drink too much caffeine or alcohol and don’t tend to sleep well, all of which conspire against migraine patients.

At The National Migraine Centre we recommend taking some time out for yourself during the festivities in order to stay well, and to make the most of the season.  Mindfulness meditation is a useful technique, and is practiced by people from all walks of life, from President Obama to Ruby Wax.  We have worked with the lovely people at Headspace, who have produced an excellent smartphone app to guide you through 10 minute mindfulness meditation exercises.  The first 10 lessons are free, all you need is a smartphone, a pair of earphones, a quiet space and ten minutes.  If you enjoy the first ten lessons, then perhaps you could ask Santa for an ongoing subscription.  Another great Christmas present idea would be one of the many books on mindfulness.  The best authors are probably Mark Williams & Danny Penman. The book Dr Katy Munro of The National Migraine Centre recommends by them is called “Mindfulness, Finding peace in a Frantic World.” It has a CD in the back with guided mindfulness exercises.

To further reduce pre-Christmas stress, may we suggest online shopping instead of pounding the busy pavements.  If you shop via you can raise cashback for The National Migraine Centre from over 3000 online retailers, at no extra cost to the shopper.  Simply search for The National Migraine Centre under their list of charities (more information can be found in the right-hand column of this newsletter).

We hope that these little tips make your Christmas relaxing and happy.  For further advice for avoiding Christmas migraines, see Dr Nazeli Maukyan’s previous article here.

Everyone at The National Migraine Centre wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year.


National Migraine Centre Wins ‘Best Website of the Year 2016’!

Thanks to you and all of your votes we have once again won ‘Best Website of the Year’ in the charities category for the second year running.  We hope that our website is easy for patients and prospective patients to use so that they can get the advice and support they need to help manage their migraines.

Please help spread the word of the National Migraine Centre by sharing our website with friends and family, so more people can get the help they need.

Research Study- We Need Your Help!

Could mouth guards improve migraineurs quality of life?

The FDA (in the USA) have approved special mouth guards for treatment of migraine and research is currently being undertaken at the National Migraine Centre to assess if migraine sufferers have an increased incidence of clenching and grinding.  The advantages of a mouth guard are that it is nontoxic, reversible and a low cost alternative to reduce muscular contraction and could potentially improve migraine sufferers quality of life.

In order to see if this is a viable treatment modality we are trying to get the largest sample size possible and if you can spare the time I would be very grateful if you could please follow the link below to completely a short anonymous questionnaire.
Many thanks!

Santa Carrying Shopping Bags --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Do your Christmas shopping online and raise funds for the National Migraine Centre at no cost to you!


While doing your online Christmas shopping you could be raising funds for us with a simple click at no cost to you! With Christmas just around the corner, many of you will have already started your Christmas shopping.  You can collect FREE donations for the National Migraine Centre with all your online Christmas shopping by using Easyfundraising.  Choose from over 3,100 retailers (including John Lewis, M&S, Debenhams, Groupon and Amazon), who will donate, at no cost to you, every time you buy. All you need to do is join by going to and start shopping.

Christmas Cards For Sale


Our fun Christmas Pudding cards are still available to buy.  Please get in touch with us on 020 7251 3322 or by email at if you are interested in purchasing these cards.

All proceeds directly go towards treating migraine sufferers here at the Centre.

The cards are 15cm X 10.5cm and 50p each or £2.50 for six, plus postage.